Eurobasket 2017 - The most versatile players in the tournament: #2 Nemanja Bjelica
There is nothing like versatility that increases a player's value to a national team. Jeff Taylor, for FIBA.com, selected some who will be the protagonists of the next Eurobasket 2017. Several teams will benefit from top-notch players that can play as many as four positions. Which one is the most versatile of all?
Sasha Djordjevic's team showed it could win without him last summer when it first prevailed in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Belgrade and then made it all the way to the Final of the Olympics. Don't think for a minute that Bjelica, who was injured and couldn't play in 2016, won't walk back into the starting line-up for Serbia if he's healthy this year. The NBA man runs the break, guards big men in the low post, blocks shots, connects from deep and dribbles and passes well. When he's at his best, as he was in a 10-point triumph over Spain at FIBA EuroBasket 2015 when he poured in 24 points, corralled 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists, he's MVP calibre.