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Kings PF Nemanja Bjelica dropped 25 points (11-21 FG, 2-9 3PT), snagged 8 rebounds, added three assists, and two steals in 35 minutes Thursday night as the Kings dropped their fifth straight game.
Bjelica was the best player on the floor for the Kings on Thursday night in his first start of the season. He got the start when Richaun Holmes came up as a late scratch. Fantasy managers should monitor the starting situation between Bjelica and Holmes as they can get good value from either player but a higher ceiling with Bjelica.
Kings PF Nemanja Bjelica scored 15 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3PT), pulled down nine rebounds, and added six assists Friday night but the Kings lost to the Magic 123-112.
Bjelica had a great game for the Kings despite the loss. He has been floated in trade rumors recently so this strong game could accelerate that chatter. Fantasy managers need to keep an eye on the trade talks over the next month. Bjelica remains a decent backup option at PF.
Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica (back) is listed as doubtful for Friday’s contest against the Raptors.
Bjelica is likely to miss his eight consecutive game due to back spasms and personal reasons. He’s been coming off the bench recently and has a minor role in the Kings rotation, averaging 15.1 minutes per contest. If ruled out, Bjelica’s next chance to return will be Monday against the Pelicans.
Nemanja Bjelica logged four points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and an assist in Saturday's 125-99 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Bjelica's January averages over five games have dropped to 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. On a Kings roster loaded with big men, Bjelica's usage makes him irrelevant in most fantasy leagues.
Nemanja Bjelica had one point (0-2 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, an assist, and a block on Saturday in a losing effort to the Rockets.
Bjelica couldn't buy a bucket from the field on Saturday, only getting into the scoring column from the charity stripe. He was only grabbing 3.6 rebounds per game coming into this matchup after averaging 6.4 last season, so it's good to see him getting some rebounds again. He'll hope to get back on track with his 9.0-point season average on Monday against the Warriors.