March 9, 2020, 12:01 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica put up 14 points with 10 boards in 30 minutes of action in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday.
Bjelica shot 6-of-12 from the field and added two assists and one block to the box score. The 30 minutes is encouraging for fantasy owners who were worried about how the return of Richaun Holmes would impact Bjelica. He could be worth holding onto in standard leagues for his rebounding and shooting if the minutes stay in the upper 20s.
March 8, 2020, 12:47 amRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder strain) scored 10 points (3-of-8 from the floor) with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Saturday.
It was great to see Holmes back in action after an extended absence. He will be eased back into the rotation, but he is a top-35 player per game on the season and could be a difference maker in the fantasy playoffs if he can get up to speed. Grab him off the waiver wire if he is available and hold on tight if you have him. The return of Holmes will impact Nemanja Bjelica (10 points in 20 minutes) and Harry Giles III (six points in 18 minutes) who could both be in the drop zone in standard leagues if they have a few bad games in a row.
March 6, 2020, 12:19 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (1-for-5 3PT) to go with five rebounds, three assists and a triple on Thursday.
Bjelica only sat for four minutes in the first half and is the clear cut guy to own in the Kings frontcourt even though he didn't play too well tonight. Coach Walton trusts him the most and whether or not that's a sound idea is to be determined, but Harry Giles (15 minutes, 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal) and Harrison Barnes (38 minutes, 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two triples) are both not consistent enough to power past Bjelica in fantasy.
March 4, 2020, 5:16 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder) has been cleared for full contact but will not play in Thursday's game against the Sixers.
Holmes has been working his way back from a sprained shoulder that has kept him out since early January. After Thursday's game, the Kings have a back-to-back that starts on Saturday. Continue to monitor reports but it appears likely that Holmes will return in the near future barring a setback. His eventual return will affect the fantasy values of Harry Giles, Nemanja Bjelica and Alex Len.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 11:24 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was good for 13 points (5-of-15 FG), 11 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on Friday night.
That's two solid games after a dud against the woeful Warriors. Although Bjelica's defense remains abhorrent, and will likely cost the Kings in key games as they try to revitalize their playoff hopes, he's locked into a big role and has posted top-75 value on the year.
February 27, 2020, 10:33 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica scored 18 points with nine boards, two assists and four triples on Thursday.
Bjelica bounced back after his poor outing last game, where he failed to hit a single shot from the floor. He's going to be a steady contributor the rest of the way as the Kings still have no definite timetable for Richaun Holmes (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley (foot).
February 26, 2020, 2:26 amHarry Giles IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles nearly double-doubled again, this time with 13 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 24 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.
Giles has put together two solid games in a row now. It's hard to get too excited about his prospects this season, though. Giles will likely lose his starting role and meaningful minutes once the Kings' frontcourt gets healthier or even as Alex Len gets more comfortable in Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica struggled in this one, providing just one point (0-of-5 FGs), three rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. He should bounce back on Thursday against the Thunder.
February 12, 2020, 2:14 pmAlex LenC, Sacramento Kings
Alex Len (right hip flexor strain) will not play on Wednesday.
Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica will fill in for now. Len has averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
February 10, 2020, 10:23 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica scored 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding eight boards, two dimes, a steal, a block and two triples on Monday.
Bjelica's long-term value this year is a lot better now that Marvin Bagley (foot) is unsure whether or not he'll play again this year. If you have Bjelica, hold onto him dearly as the Kings should continue to give him enough run for him to get your money's worth.
February 10, 2020, 6:51 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder strain) will not play on Monday or Wednesday.
He'll be unavailable through the All-Star break according to Luke Walton. Nemanja Bjelica will be busy without Holmes, Alex Len or Jabari Parker cleared to play on Monday.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
February 10, 2020, 6:40 pmJabari ParkerPF, Sacramento Kings
Jabari Parker (right shoulder strain) will not face the Bucks on Monday.
Parker has missed roughly two weeks with the injury. Meanwhile, Nemanja Bjelica has been thriving in the Bucks' frontcourt of late.
Source: Dennis Krause on Twitter
February 9, 2020, 6:13 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder strain) is being listed as out for Monday's game versus the Bucks.
Holmes was appearing to be closer to returning, but as the All-Star week approaches it seem increasingly more likely that he will sit out until then. Nemanja Bjelica will continue to handle a heavy workload while Holmes, Jabari Parker and Alex Len are out.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 9, 2020, 1:00 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica posted a well-rounded line on Saturday with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
The only thing Bjelica failed to do was get to the free throw line and he's rolling right now as a top-40 player over the past month. Bjelica is a top-70 player on the season, but he has had an extraordinary stretch of good fortune with Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley missing games throughout the season. Holmes could return next game and Bagley will be reevaluated in two weeks. Expect Bjelica to take a hit when Holmes returns, and expect him to fall off the map when Bagley returns. Try to sell-high on him while you still can.
February 8, 2020, 5:43 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes (right shoulder strain) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Spurs.
The Kings are expected to be without Holmes, Marvin Bagley and the their newly acquired bigs as well. Nemanja Bjelica and Harry Giles will be forced to do most of the heavy lifting in the frontcourt. Holmes is getting closer and closer to returning.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 8, 2020, 12:34 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica notched 15 points (5-for-7 shooting), eight assists, six rebounds and five triples across 37 minutes on Friday.
The eight assists tied with De'Aaron Fox for the team lead. Bjelica offers a unique skillset from a big man so he tends to have a role in this Kings rotation consistently. He looks like a better option than Harry Giles who had 10 points, five rebounds and a steal in 14 minutes.