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Nikola Pekovic

28-Year-Old    C    Minnesota Timberwolves

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

17.4

REB

8.7

AST

0.9

STL

0.6

BLK

0.4

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Nikola Pekovic is entering his fifth season with the Timberwolves which makes him the longest tenured player on the team. The 6-11 center from Montenegro is coming off his best season and the only thing that is hampering his status as an upper tier center is his health. Peko...

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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Ankle    EST. RETURN:  10/1/2014
HT: 6' 11"   WT: 243 lbs   DOB: 3/1/1986  College: Serbia-Montenegro
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Nikola Pekovic Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract in August of 2013.

May 11, 2014  –  Nikola Pekovic News

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Pekovic (ankle) had a disappointing close to the 2013-2014 season as he missed a majority of the Timberwolves' final 41 games.

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Nikola Pekovic NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 24 MIN 65 13.6 5.5 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.0 51.7 76.3 1.4 1.4 1.6 0.0 0.0 2.1 4.0 1.3 1.8
2011-12 25 MIN 47 26.9 13.9 7.4 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.0 56.4 74.3 1.9 3.9 3.5 0.0 0.0 5.4 9.7 3.0 4.0
2012-13 26 MIN 62 31.6 16.3 8.8 0.9 0.7 0.8 0.0 52.0 74.4 1.6 3.7 5.1 0.0 0.0 6.2 12.0 3.9 5.2
2013-14 27 MIN 54 30.8 17.4 8.7 0.9 0.6 0.4 0.0 54.0 74.7 1.6 3.8 4.9 0.0 0.0 7.0 13.0 3.4 4.6
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Nikola Pekovic – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Center
Also Listed As:  #3 Power Forward

1.  Nikola Pekovic

2.  Gorgui Dieng

3.  Ronny Turiaf

Minnesota Timberwolves

True Shooting Percentage

58.2%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Nikola Pekovic had a true shooting percentage of 58.2%.

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Nikola Pekovic NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 24 MIN 65 36.0 14.6 7.8 1.1 0.7 1.4 0.0 51.7 76.3 3.7 3.7 4.2 0.0 0.0 5.5 10.7 3.5 4.6
2011-12 25 MIN 47 36.0 18.5 9.9 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.0 56.4 74.3 2.5 5.2 4.7 0.0 0.0 7.3 12.9 4.0 5.3
2012-13 26 MIN 62 36.0 18.6 10.0 1.0 0.8 0.9 0.0 52.0 74.4 1.9 4.2 5.8 0.0 0.0 7.1 13.6 4.4 6.0
2013-14 27 MIN 54 36.0 20.4 10.1 1.1 0.6 0.5 0.0 54.0 74.7 1.8 4.5 5.7 0.0 0.0 8.2 15.2 4.0 5.4
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Nikola Pekovic NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2010-11 24 MIN 65 887 359 193 27 18 35 0 51.7 76.3 91 90 103 0 0.0 136 263 87 114
2011-12 25 MIN 47 1264 651 346 31 29 31 0 56.4 74.3 87 181 165 0 0.0 256 454 139 187
2012-13 26 MIN 62 1959 1011 545 53 43 50 0 52.0 74.4 101 230 315 0 0.0 385 741 241 324
2013-14 27 MIN 54 1663 942 468 50 30 23 0 54.0 74.7 84 206 262 0 0.0 378 700 186 249
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Nikola Pekovic NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2010-11 24 MIN 65 13.6 57.3 51.7 6.3 21.1 0.3 6.0
2011-12 25 MIN 47 26.9 60.7 56.4 4.7 13.3 0.4 16.1
2012-13 26 MIN 62 31.6 57.2 52.0 5.1 9.7 0.5 18.7
2013-14 27 MIN 54 30.8 58.2 54.0 5.3 8.9 0.6 19.3
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Nikola Pekovic 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 16 UTA                                
Apr 14 at GSW                                
Apr 13 at SAC                                
Apr 11 HOU                                
Apr 9 CHI                                
Apr 8 SAS                                
Apr 5 at ORL                                
Apr 4 at MIA                                
Apr 2 MEM                                
Mar 31 LAC 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mar 30 at BKN 27 13 6 1 2 0 3 5 7 3 5 0 0 2 4 1
Mar 28 LAL 22 26 3 0 0 0 3 9 10 8 8 0 0 1 2 3
Mar 26 ATL                                
Mar 24 at MEM                                
Mar 23 PHO                                
Mar 20 at HOU                                
Mar 19 at DAL                                
Mar 16 SAC                                
Mar 14 at CHA 17 8 4 0 1 0 1 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Mar 11 MIL 23 14 8 1 1 0 0 6 9 2 4 0 0 5 3 5
Mar 9 TOR 33 17 11 0 0 0 5 8 13 1 1 0 0 5 6 3
Mar 7 DET 29 17 9 0 2 0 1 5 14 7 10 0 0 2 7 3
Mar 5 NYK 26 17 6 0 0 0 0 8 12 1 1 0 0 2 4 2
Mar 3 at DEN 24 16 9 1 0 0 2 5 8 6 9 0 0 3 6 1
Mar 1 at SAC 28 20 9 0 0 1 1 8 12 4 6 0 0 7 2 5
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Feb 25 at PHO                                
Feb 23 at POR                                
Feb 22 at UTA                                
Feb 19 IND                                
Feb 12 DEN                                
Feb 10 HOU                                
Feb 8 POR                                
Feb 7 at NOP                                
Feb 5 at OKC                                
Feb 4 LAL                                
Feb 1 at ATL                                
Jan 31 MEM                                
Jan 29 NOP                                
Jan 27 at CHI 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
Jan 25 at POR 35 23 11 2 0 0 0 9 18 5 5 0 0 3 8 2
Jan 24 at GSW 33 22 14 1 0 0 1 11 18 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
Jan 21 at UTA 32 18 9 2 0 0 2 7 14 4 4 0 0 2 7 4
Jan 18 UTA 29 27 14 1 1 1 1 12 17 3 3 0 0 3 11 2
Jan 17 at TOR 25 13 6 1 0 2 1 6 12 1 2 0 0 3 3 2
Jan 15 SAC 36 14 8 2 1 3 3 5 12 4 5 0 0 2 6 5
Jan 12 at SAS 29 22 6 0 2 0 1 10 15 2 2 0 0 5 1 3
Jan 10 CHA 27 26 6 3 2 0 1 10 14 6 6 0 0 3 3 2
Jan 8 PHO 33 17 12 2 1 2 2 6 16 5 5 0 0 8 4 1
Jan 6 at PHI 23 16 14 1 0 1 3 7 15 2 2 0 0 5 9 1
Jan 4 OKC 38 31 11 0 0 0 0 13 22 5 8 0 0 5 6 2
Jan 1 NOP 34 22 7 0 1 0 1 7 12 8 11 0 0 3 4 3
Dec 30 DAL 42 18 10 1 1 1 1 6 13 6 6 0 0 3 7 2
Dec 28 at MIL 33 19 11 3 1 1 3 7 12 5 8 0 0 6 5 2
Dec 27 WAS 34 18 10 0 0 0 0 6 13 6 8 0 0 6 4 2
Dec 22 at LAC 46 34 14 1 0 1 2 16 28 2 3 0 0 8 6 5
Dec 20 at LAL 35 22 13 1 2 0 3 7 18 8 12 0 0 10 3 3
Dec 18 POR 29 30 9 1 0 0 1 14 19 2 3 0 0 5 4 4
Dec 16 at BOS 25 13 7 1 1 0 1 6 16 1 4 0 0 4 3 4
Dec 15 at MEM 28 19 5 1 0 1 0 6 12 7 8 0 0 2 3 5
Dec 13 at SAS 37 18 11 1 0 0 2 7 13 4 4 0 0 4 7 2
Dec 11 PHI 38 20 10 3 0 1 3 9 15 2 2 0 0 7 3 2
Dec 10 at DET 33 18 5 0 0 0 2 7 14 4 6 0 0 2 3 2
Dec 7 MIA 38 18 12 0 0 0 3 7 18 4 7 0 0 7 5 1
Dec 4 SAS                                
Dec 1 at OKC 38 22 10 3 1 0 0 8 17 6 9 0 0 4 6 1
Nov 30 at DAL 32 21 9 0 0 0 2 10 13 1 2 0 0 5 4 2
Nov 27 DEN 38 21 10 1 0 0 0 8 14 5 6 0 0 4 6 3
Nov 25 at IND 37 20 11 0 0 0 3 8 15 4 6 0 0 5 6 3
Nov 23 at HOU 36 14 7 1 1 1 1 6 13 2 4 0 0 5 2 1
Nov 22 BKN 26 15 7 1 0 1 1 5 12 5 7 0 0 4 3 1
Nov 20 LAC 32 20 7 0 0 1 1 9 13 2 2 0 0 1 6 2
Nov 19 at WAS 36 13 6 1 1 0 2 5 10 3 5 0 0 2 4 2
Nov 16 BOS 31 20 12 0 1 0 0 8 9 4 5 0 0 8 4 0
Nov 15 at DEN 34 14 6 1 1 0 0 7 11 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
Nov 13 CLE 19 10 7 1 0 0 2 5 7 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
Nov 11 at LAC 36 23 10 1 2 0 0 10 14 3 4 0 0 4 6 4
Nov 10 at LAL 34 14 10 4 1 1 3 6 14 2 3 0 0 4 6 2
Nov 8 DAL 31 15 6 0 1 3 2 4 9 7 8 0 0 4 2 2
Nov 6 GSW 37 10 7 3 0 0 2 4 11 2 3 0 0 2 5 3
Nov 4 at CLE 35 8 12 1 2 0 3 3 12 2 4 0 0 5 7 2
Nov 3 at NYK 41 11 12 0 0 1 2 4 10 3 4 0 0 4 8 1
Nov 1 OKC 28 15 10 1 0 0 4 5 10 5 6 0 0 3 7 3
Oct 30 ORL 30 11 7 0 0 0 2 5 11 1 1 0 0 1 6 3

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player did not play in the game.

Nikola Pekovic: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Pekovic (ankle) won't play Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) won't play Wednesday versus the Bulls, the Associated Press reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) will not play Tuesday against San Antonio, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) will sit out again Saturday against the Magic, St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) will not play Friday, Wolves Radio reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) is considered questionable to play Friday versus the Heat, the Star Tribune reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) will likely miss Wednesday's contest, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

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Pekovic (ankle) says he would prefer to try and play again this season, but doesn't know if he'll be shut down with Minnesota close to being eliminated from the playoffs, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports. "I still have no idea," he remarked. "It's not on me to deal with it. I don't know. It's just been a tough year for me."

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Pekovic left Monday's game in the second quarter against the Clippers and won't return due to a sore ankle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Pekovic scored 13 points with six rebounds in 27 minutes in Sunday's loss to Brooklyn.

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Pekovic returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Lakers, playing 22 minutes and scoring 26 points (9-10 FG, 8-8 FT). He also grabbed three rebounds in the contest.

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2014-15

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2013-14

The Montenegrin Mountain built on his surprising breakout from the previous season to establish himself as a legitimate fantasy option in 2012-13. Cemented as the Timberwolves starting center, Pekovic averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting an efficient 52 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the charity stripe in 32 minutes per game. The hulking (6-11, 290) center doesn't possess the athleticism to match most of his counterparts, but he uses his brute strength and surprisingly deft touch around the rim to finish at a high clip. His production on defense remained lackluster in his first full season as a starter, but Pekovic could start creeping towards or above that 1.0 average on steals or blocks as his understanding of NBA defense shows minimal improvement. Minnesota has an intriguing mix of skilled players on the offensive end of the court, but many of those options are perimeter-oriented which should lead to Pekovic being the focal point for most of their low-post attacks. With Kevin Martin joining the mix and Kevin Love returning from injury, there may be fewer shots for Pekovic, but he'll still see enough touches to be a valuable option to plug into the center position of your fantasy squad.

2012-13

Pekovic was one of the biggest surprises in fantasy basketball last year, as he came out of relative obscurity to be a double-double machine for the Timberwolves. After being promoted to Minnesota's starting lineup, Pekovic averaged 15.4 points and 8.5 rebounds while providing efficient percentages from the floor (54.7) and free-throw line (74.2). At 6-11, 290, Pekovic has the frame of a dominant big man, but he actually plays below the rim and relies on a surprising amount of finesse on the offensive end. His lack of athleticism means marginal production on defense (0.8 bpg, 0.6 spg) and he�s not going to help much in the assists (0.7) category. He did miss about a dozen games due to a lingering ankle injury last year, but Pekovic underwent surgery early this offseason and is expected to be at full strength entering the 2012-13 campaign. With Kevin Love getting most of the headlines in Minnesota, Pekovic could benefit from obscurity and be had at a decent price on draft day. Don�t forget about the big center from Yugoslavia when targeting double-double production from the center position.

2011-12

In his first season in the NBA after playing in Europe, Pekovic struggled to adjust to the foul calls in the NBA and was frequently in foul trouble. He was limited to a reserve role and averaged 5.5 points per game in 13.6 minutes per game. At 6-11, 243 he's a big body but has some finesse with his shot. Once he gets more comfortable with the NBA game, he still has the talent on the offensive end to emerge with a larger role.

2010-11

Pekovic played for Panathanaikos in Greece last season and was a top scorer. At 6-11, 243 he's a big body but has some finesse with his shot. He's a sleeper for deeper leagues as a result.