Bjelica with the Fenerbahçe
|No. 8 – Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|League||Turkish Basketball League
May 9, 1988 |
Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
|Listed height||2.09 m (6 ft 10 in)|
|Listed weight||106 kg (234 lb)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
|2007–2008||Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions|
|2008–2010||Red Star Belgrade|
Nemanja Bjelica (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Бјелица; born May 9, 1988 in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He is a 2.09 m (6 ft 10¼ in) tall small forward and he can also play as a point forward and power forward.
At his 2.09m height, Bjelica usually plays on small forward position, however, he is a very versatile player and is often deployed as point forward, and more recently - power forward. He is a good ball handler with a soft shooting touch, a good passer and rebounder, and a solid low-post defender.
Bjelica began his professional career with the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions in the Austrian League in the 2007–08 season. He moved to the Adriatic League club Red Star Belgrade in 2008 and spent two successful seasons there. During the 2008–09 season with Red Star Belgrade, he performed well, and he was particularly noted for his performance during the Eurocup for his outside shooting.
During 2010 summer, he signed a five-year contract with Spanish club Caja Laboral. In his first season, he didn't see much playing time, averaging only 9 minutes per game. In his second season with Caja Laboral, he averaged 13 minutes and 4.8 points per game on 56% shooting from the field and 47% for three. His third and last season with the club was most successful as he played 26 games, averaged 23 minutes per game, 9.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 APG and 1.0 SPG on 46% from the field.
On July 22, 2013, Bjelica signed a three-year deal with Fenerbahçe Ülker led by one of Europe's greats Željko Obradović. He cited Obradović as the main reason why he didn't go to the NBA instead. His ambition is to win a major title and continue his development under Obradović. In 2013-14 he already became one of the key Fenerbahçe Ülker players. 
Serbian national team
Bjelica played with the senior Serbian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won the silver medal. He has been a member of the Serbian national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship where Serbia was defeated 99-88 by Lithuania in the game for the bronze medal after losing to hosts, Turkey, in a highly controversial finish. He was capped for the national team of Serbia at the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania where Serbia finished 8th. During EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia, it was evident that at the age of 26 Bjelica upped his game as he became one of the veterans of a very young and incomplete Serbia squad (Miloš Teodosić and Vladimir Lučić were injured), leading the team alongside captain Nenad Krstić and Nemanja Nedović. Serbia was swept easily by Spain in quarterfinals, but the team has shown great team work and fighting spirit and had some great matches, particularly against Lithuania and France. He averaged 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists on 54% shooting from the field.
Awards and accomplishments
Serbian national team
- EuroBasket 2009: Silver Medal
- 2009 Best Sportsman of SD Crvena Zvezda
Euroleague career statistics
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- Eurocupbasketball.com - BJELICA, NEMANJA Height: 2.09
- Eurobasket2009.org - Nemanja Bjelica Height (m): 2.09
- "Minnesota Acquires Draft Rights to Lazar Hayward". NBA.com. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- CAJA LABORAL lands Nemanja Bjelica
- "Fenerbahce will sign Nemanja Bjelica to a three-year deal". Sportando.net. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Nemanja Bjelica to set for Fenerbahce
- "Bjelica kod Obradovića u Feneru". b92.net. Retrieved 23 July 2013.(Serbian)
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