Sacramento Kings: Underrated Nemanja Bjelica Finally Gets His Moment

Sacramento Kings Nemanja Bjelica (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings Nemanja Bjelica (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Nemanja Bjelica has been a tremendous asset for the Sacramento Kings, and last night he had his finest moment yet in his 2019-20 campaign.

It cannot be stressed enough how much Nemanja Bjelica has meant for the Sacramento Kings. Since joining the purple and white for the 2018-19 season, Belly has done a great job in fulfilling the stretch-four role for the team as he can shoot the three-ball at a high clip, space the floor, and set up his teammates for easy scores.

Nemanja will not be considered a star for the Kings, but fans who watch the games know how valuable he is to the team.

Last Monday night, against the Houston Rockets, Bjelica had another great game. For the match, he finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists while making 43% of his shots from the floor. It was a pretty standard game for Bjelica. He did what he was expected to do. Nothing more or nothing less. That is, until the final second of the game.

Belly Has His Moment

In the waning seconds of the match, Russell Westbrook put the Rockets back in the lead as the score was 118-116 with a second remaining. It seemed as if the Kings were going to lose their fourth game out of their last five, but thanks to a great inbound play by Luke Walton, Belly was set up for an open three in which he nailed the shot, sealing the 119-118 victory.

Final Thoughts

Within the Kings community, Nemanja Bjelica has been greatly appreciated. But with that said, it was awesome to see him make a walk-off dagger and get some recognition from the national media. The last time Belly was mentioned by the national media was when he was dunked on by LeBron James the previous time the Kings played the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Since Marvin Bagley III went down with a thumb injury, Bjelica has done a great job of being the Kings’ starting power forward. With Bagley soon to return, let us hope that Belly remains to be a productive and reliable asset for the purple and white.