All-Decade Nominee: Nemanja Bjelica

Dec 11, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Few players anywhere have his unique combination of size, versatility, ballhandling and shooting skills. Nemanja Bjelica re-defined the power forward position as he earned the vote of fans and media to become the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague MVP of the 2014-15 season. He led Fenerbahce Istanbul to its first-ever Final Four appearance, averaging 12.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 29 games for an average performance index rating of 18.3.

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Bjelica played five full EuroLeague seasons this decade. Added to the MVP trophy, Bjelica was chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team and earned the MVP for March honor in the 2014-15 season while averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists that month. He had a solid Final Four debut, too, averaging 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds and getting a double-double – 18 points, 10 rebounds – in the Third Place Game against CSKA Moscow.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague MVP, 2014-15
  • All-EuroLeague First Team, 2014-15
  • EuroLeague March MVP, 2014-15

Bejlica started the decade with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade and made his EuroLeague debut with Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz in the 2010-11 season. He played there for three campaigns, joining Fenerbahce along with head coach Zeljko Obradovic in the 2013-14 season. Bjelica was the first cornerstone of the Fenerbahce teams that have now reached five consecutive Final Fours and won the EuroLeague title in 2017.