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Nikola Pekovic
17.5 8.7 0.9
Team: MinnesotaHeight: 6-11 Born: 1/3/1986
Position: CWeight: 295 Birthplace: Bijelo Polje, Yugoslavia
College: NoneDraft: 2nd Round 1st pick by Timberwolves (2008)

Latest News
Apr. 6 9:27 PM PT10:27 PM MT11:27 PM CT12:27 AM ET4:27 GMT12:27 9:27 PM MST11:27 PM EST8:27 UAE06:270:27 ET11:27 PM CT3:27 - Pekovic is dealing with an ankle injury.
Analysis: His status going forward is uncertain.
Mar. 20 9:03 PM PT10:03 PM MT11:03 PM CT12:03 AM ET4:03 GMT12:03 9:03 PM MST11:03 PM EST8:03 UAE05:030:03 ET10:03 PM CT3:03 - Pekovic scored 26 points on 9-for-10 shooting in his first game back from an ankle injury, a 143-107 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Analysis: Pekovic last played March 14.
Mar. 1 8:49 PM PT9:49 PM MT10:49 PM CT11:49 PM ET4:49 GMT12:49 9:49 PM MST11:49 PM EST8:49 UAE05:4923:49 ET10:49 PM CT3:49 - Pekovic returned from injury to post 20 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win at Sacramento.
Analysis: Fantasy owners are surely thrilled to see Pekovic back on the court. It's safe to plug him back into lineups.
Jan. 28 2:19 PM PT3:19 PM MT4:19 PM CT5:19 PM ET22:19 GMT6:19 3:19 PM MST5:19 PM EST2:19 UAE (+1)23:1917:19 ET4:19 PM CT20:19 - The boot on Pekovic's injured right ankle has been removed. There's no sign yet of his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, though.
Analysis: Coach Rick Adelman said he had "no idea" when the team will have the 6-foot-11, 285-pound center back in the lineup.
Jan. 19 9:20 PM PT10:20 PM MT11:20 PM CT12:20 AM ET5:20 GMT13:20 10:20 PM MST12:20 AM EST9:20 UAE06:200:20 ET11:20 PM CT3:20 - Nikola Pekovic had 27 points and 14 rebounds in three quarters, and the Timberwolves blasted the Jazz, 98-72 on Saturday night.
Analysis: Pekovic also keyed a strong Minnesota defense, as they held the Jazz to 28.8 percent shooting, the worst shooting night in Utah's franchise history.
Jan. 11 10:40 PM PT11:40 PM MT12:40 AM CT1:40 AM ET6:40 GMT14:40 11:40 PM MST1:40 AM EST10:40 UAE07:401:40 ET12:40 AM CT4:40 - Pekovic finished with 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead Minnesota to a 119-92 win over Charlotte on Friday.
Analysis: Pekovic is averaging career bests of 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Jan. 5 9:36 PM PT10:36 PM MT11:36 PM CT12:36 AM ET5:36 GMT13:36 10:36 PM MST12:36 AM EST9:36 UAE06:360:36 ET11:36 PM CT3:36 - Pekovic had 31 points and 11 rebounds in a 115-111 loss to the Thunder on Saturday night.
Analysis: Pekovic has six double-doubles in his last seven games for the Wolves.
Dec. 28 9:32 PM PT10:32 PM MT11:32 PM CT12:32 AM ET5:32 GMT13:32 10:32 PM MST12:32 AM EST9:32 UAE06:320:32 ET11:32 PM CT3:32 - Pekovic had his third straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's victory over Washington.
Analysis: Pekovic is averaging 21.1 points over his last 13 games after averaging 14.4 through his first 16 contests.
Dec. 21 9:36 PM PT10:36 PM MT11:36 PM CT12:36 AM ET5:36 GMT13:36 10:36 PM MST12:36 AM EST9:36 UAE06:360:36 ET11:36 PM CT3:36 - Pekovic notched a double-double for the Minnesota star in Friday's 104-91 loss to the Lakers.
Analysis: Pekovic had 22 points and 13 boards for his 12th double-double. He entered Friday leading the NBA with 7.5 close shots points per game.
Dec. 19 10:36 PM PT11:36 PM MT12:36 AM CT1:36 AM ET6:36 GMT14:36 11:36 PM MST1:36 AM EST10:36 UAE07:361:36 ET12:36 AM CT4:36 - Pekovic had a season-high 30 points and nine rebounds in a 120-109 win over Portland on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Pekovic also finished one point shy of matching his career high, which was set on Dec. 14, 2012, in New Orleans.
Dec. 8 9:47 PM PT10:47 PM MT11:47 PM CT12:47 AM ET5:47 GMT13:47 10:47 PM MST12:47 AM EST9:47 UAE06:470:47 ET11:47 PM CT3:47 - Pekovic had 18 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's 103-82 loss to Miami.
Analysis: Pekovic is starting to heat up. He's averaging 20.5 points on 53.2 percent shooting and 10.3 rebounds over a four-game stretch.
Dec. 2 10:18 PM PT11:18 PM MT12:18 AM CT1:18 AM ET6:18 GMT14:18 11:18 PM MST1:18 AM EST10:18 UAE07:181:18 ET12:18 AM CT4:18 - Pekovic had his eighth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's loss to Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Pekovic has been a monster over his last four games, averaging 20.5 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 55.9 percent.
Nov. 30 7:11 PM PT8:11 PM MT9:11 PM CT10:11 PM ET3:11 GMT11:11 8:11 PM MST10:11 PM EST7:11 UAE (+1)04:1122:11 ET9:11 PM CT1:11 - Pekovic just missed a double-double as the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory at Dallas on Saturday night.
Analysis: Pekovic had 21 points and nine boards. If you're a fantasy owner, you can hope that the statisticians find another rebound for him - that wouldn't be unprecedented although such treatment is usually reserved for superstars like LeBron James.
Nov. 28 9:12 PM PT10:12 PM MT11:12 PM CT12:12 AM ET5:12 GMT13:12 10:12 PM MST12:12 AM EST9:12 UAE06:120:12 ET11:12 PM CT3:12 - Pekovic recorded his seventh double-double of the season and second in as many nights in Wednesday's loss to Denver with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Analysis: Pekovic remains an underrated force among NBA centers, averaging 14.4 points and 8.6 rebounds.
Nov. 17 10:19 PM PT11:19 PM MT12:19 AM CT1:19 AM ET6:19 GMT14:19 11:19 PM MST1:19 AM EST10:19 UAE07:191:19 ET12:19 AM CT4:19 - Pekovic finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 106-88 win over Boston on Saturday.
Analysis: Pekovic is averaging 17.3 points while shooting 73.8 from the field over his last four games.
Nov. 12 10:06 PM PT11:06 PM MT12:06 AM CT1:06 AM ET6:06 GMT14:06 11:06 PM MST1:06 AM EST10:06 UAE07:061:06 ET12:06 AM CT4:06 - Pekovic had his best game of the season, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 109-107 loss at the Clippers on Monday.
Analysis: Pekovic has 20 rebounds in his last two games.
Aug. 14 11:21 AM PT12:21 PM MT1:21 PM CT2:21 PM ET18:21 GMT2:21 11:21 AM MST1:21 PM EST22:21 UAE20:2114:21 ET1:21 PM CT17:21 - Pekovic didn't want to leave Minnesota, and the Timberwolves weren't about to let him go. After weeks of negotiations, waiting and watching, the two sides came to agreement on Wednesday on a new five-year contract that could be worth more than $60 million after incentives.
Analysis: After posting a career-high 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season, the 27-year-old Pekovic was a restricted free agent when the NBA's fiscal year opened on July 1. That meant the Timberwolves had the right to match any offer he received from another team, and Saunders made it clear from the start that they would do whatever it took to keep him in Minnesota.
Aug. 12 5:08 PM PT6:08 PM MT7:08 PM CT8:08 PM ET0:08 GMT8:08 5:08 PM MST7:08 PM EST4:08 UAE (+1)02:0820:08 ET7:08 PM CT23:08 - Negotiations with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic have dragged on for well over a month now with no apparent end in sight.
Analysis: That has done little to diminish Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders' confidence that a deal will ultimately come together. The contract talks with one of the best offensive centers in the game are ``moving in a positive direction,'' Saunders said on Monday.

Regular Season Stats

Per Game
10-11 Min 65 13.6 5.5 3.0 0.4 0.3 0.5 1.4 .517 - .763
11-12 Min 47 26.9 13.9 7.4 0.7 0.6 0.7 1.9 .564 - .743
12-13 Min 62 31.6 16.3 8.8 0.9 0.7 0.8 1.6 .520 - .744
13-14 Min 54 30.8 17.5 8.7 0.9 0.6 0.4 1.6 .541 - .747
Career 228 25.3 13.0 6.8 0.7 0.5 0.6 1.6 .535 - .747

Year Team G Min FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA OR TR A Stl Blk TO Pts
10-11 Min  65 887 136 263 0 0 87 114 90 193 27 18 35 91 359
11-12 Min  47 1264 256 454 0 0 139 187 181 346 31 29 31 87 651
12-13 Min  62 1959 385 741 0 0 241 324 230 545 53 43 50 101 1011
13-14 Min  54 1663 379 701 0 0 186 249 206 468 50 30 23 84 944
Career 228 5773 1156 2159 0 0 653 874 707 1552 161 120 139 363 2965

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