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Nemanja Bjelica the Early Star of EuroBasket

Minnesota Timberwolves fans have to be giddy watching EuroBasket 2015 thus far, as big man Nemanja Bjelica has been the early star of the tournament.

Playing for a strong Serbian squad, Bjelica put forth a monster performance in their EuroBasket opener, notching 24 points and 10 rebounds in an impressive victory over Spain on Saturday:

The 27-year-old’s encore effort on Sunday wasn’t quite as notable in terms of numbers (12 points and three rebounds), but he hit the game-winning shot in the final second to beat Dirk Nowitzki and Germany:

The Wolves acquired Bjelica on draft-night 2010 after he was selected 35th overall by the Washington Wizards (good job, David Kahn!). He’s been playing overseas since then, but he finally agreed to a contract with Minnesota this summer, joining the Wolves on a three-year deal worth nearly $12 million.

Minnesota has a stable of solid bigs, but Bjelica is showing why he should have a spot in the rotation as a stretch 4. Be sure to keep an eye out for the big Serb as EuroBasket continues over the next few weeks.

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