Nemanja Bjelica at a glance
Age: 27 (born May 9, 1988 in Belgrade, Serbia)
Height/weight: 6-10, 234 pounds
Pronunciation: nay-MON-yah bee-ELL-leets-zah.
Acquired: In a draft-day deal with Washington in 2010, Bjelica was taken in the second round, 35th overall.
Career: Played the last two seasons for Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey, finishing last season as Euroleague MVP after averaging 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He also played for teams in Austira (one season), Serbia (two seasons) and Spain (two seasons).
Numbers game: He will wear 88, becoming just the fifth player in NBA history to wear the number. Former Wolves player Alexey Shved and Portland’s Nicolas Batum currently wear it. It was also worn by Christian Evenga and Antoine Walker.
Did you know? As a young boy, his idol was former 76ers guard Allen Iverson, though he quickly outgrew the idea of being a point guard. Quipped Wolves coach Flip Saunders: “He doesn’t have Iverson’s crossover.”