The Kings entered the 2018-2019 season with the all too persistent cloud of KANGZ dysfunction looming over the franchise, but with an up-and-down season came genuine moments of excitement, promise, and of course, a bit…
September 14, 2019, 10:26 amBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and drained seven triples as Serbia topped Czech Republic 90-81 to finish in 5th place.
Bogdanovic also added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block and was certainly one of the most impressive players in the tournament. Although he has the talent to be a successful full-time starter, the 27-year old will likely be relegated to a similar 25-27 minute, off-the-bench role he played last season with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and newly added Trevor Ariza also on the wings. Nikola Jokic also did his usual thing this game with seven points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bejlica were not really involved in this one, playing only two and eight minutes, respectively.
September 10, 2019, 9:15 amNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica scored 18 points on 5-of-17 shooting, while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in a 97-87 loss to Argentina.
Argentina challenged Bjelica to shoot the ball and they were successful as the big man struggled with his percentages. Bjelica had a solid tournament overall averaging 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists but he will have a hard time earning minutes in Sacramento this year.
September 6, 2019, 12:50 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was the frontrunner of a balanced attack for Serbia in a rout of Puerto Rico on Friday.
Bjelica led the team in scoring, but they were able to balance out the offense for this one as he played just 17 minutes. Bogdan Bogdanovic was abysmal offensively in 20 minutes, scoring just five points. Fortunately, he wasn't needed as the team ran away with a 43 point win.
September 2, 2019, 9:56 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was perfect from everywhere in a blowout victory for Serbia on Monday as he hit all seven of his shots from the field (including three 3-pointers) and all three of his free throws for a total of 20 points in 16 minutes.
This wasn't a close game, so Bjelica and Bogdan Bogdanovic (17 points in 18 minutes) weren't needed for long. Bjelica was a nice surprise in the first half of the season last year, but the Kings have loaded up their bench to the point that his minutes are likely to take a big hit in this coming season.
August 18, 2019, 11:21 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.
Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.
April 11, 2019, 1:09 pmNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica made starts, fell out of the rotation and experienced everything in between this season and was able to post top-140/115 per-game value.
Bjelica put up career-highs in terms of games (77) and starts (70), as well as minutes (23.2), points (9.6), rebounds (5.8), assists (1.9), blocks (0.7), 3-pointers (1.3) and field goal percentage (.479). His 0.7 steals per game tied his previous best, too. There were stretches where his defense was unforgivable but the Kings needed a little help in the spacing department and Bjelica gave it to them. His hot and cold streaks meant that he wasn't on rosters from wire to wire, but he did finish as a top-100/90 player in total value. We'll see what happens next year as Sacramento changes their coach yet again, not to mention the continued improvement of the team's younger frontcourt players.
April 8, 2019, 1:22 amNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica scored 15 points and hit three triples but only added two assists to his stat line in the Kings' 133-129 loss to the Pelicans on Sunday.
Bjelica looks like he doesn't belong on the court and the Kings have him locked up for another year before they'll be able to get rid of him. As for whether he can produce for you in the Kings' final game on Wednesday, he has a puncher's chance at best.
April 5, 2019, 11:50 pmNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica hit just 3-of-10 shots (1-of-4 from deep) for 10 points, three rebounds and one steal over 25 minutes in Friday's blowout loss to the Jazz.
Bjelica looks so bad on film but the Kings don't have anybody else and at the same time he hasn't been able to get in on the action. Still, he has the ability to fire off money counters and boards in a flurry so he's on the radar if you're in need of those.
April 5, 2019, 12:13 amNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica started on Thursday and scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Bjelica started, but couldn't buy a bucket from deep, going 1-for-7 from distance. He's going to be inconsistent in terms of production as long as Marvin Bagley (15 points on 7-of-16 shooting with eight boards, an assist and a 3-pointer) is playing. Bagley is the more secure option.
March 31, 2019, 1:36 pmNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjeclia (illness) is not listed on the injury report heading into Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.
Bjelica missed the Kings' last game with this stomach illness but it looks like he should be ready to roll on Sunday night vs. the Spurs. With Harry Giles out and Marvin Bagley questionable, Bjelica could be in for some extra minutes.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 29, 2019, 5:45 pmNemanja BjelicaF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles (bruised left thigh) is questionable to play on Saturday vs. the Rockets while Nemanja Bjelica (stomach illness) has been ruled out.
With Marvin Bagley getting so much run there’s not a whole lot of usage available for any other bigs though Willie Cauley-Stein could get a few extra minutes while Kosta Koufos should also see a bit of action.
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