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Nikola Pekovic | Center

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/3/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 285
College: Montenegro
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Nikola Pekovic put up 15 points, 13 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in just 19 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.
The Bucks can make a lot of guys look good and that was the case for Pek tonight. His minutes have been in the 15-20 range in all five preseason games and he's expected to be right at 27 this year. Considering his injury history, Pekovic is more of just a late-round flier. Oct 22 - 11:25 PM

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Nikola Pekovic said that he loves the idea of playing 27 minutes per game.

He is hopeful that the drop in playing time will get him to at least 70 games. Pekovic has dealt with bursitis in his ankle since last season and it's very likely he'll miss time due to an injury. While it might be unconventional, fantasy owners should target backup Gorgui Dieng over Pek.
Oct 16 - 1:50 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) played 19 minutes against the 76ers on Friday and had 12 points, nine boards and one block.

He will likely be rested again for his ankle bursitis and the Wolves won't be playing him more than 30 minutes per game this season. Fantasy owners should probably draft Gorgui Dieng instead.
Oct 11 - 12:51 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will be rested for Tuesday's preseason exhibition.

Pekovic has been treating his ankle bursitis all summer long, he's wearing new custom-made shoes, and the Wolves plan to limit him to 26-27 minutes to keep him healthy this season. Nevertheless, his inactivity on Tuesday is being billed as "rest" for the Wolves' burly starting center.
Oct 7 - 5:57 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) was back at practice on Friday.

The team is just monitoring his ankle bursitis, but it's still a concern. They are likely going to drop his minutes into the 20s this season and Gorgui Dieng will get more run as the backup. Dieng is a decent late-round flier and could become very valuable should Pek miss time.
Oct 3 - 1:17 PM

Nikola Pekovic sat out Thursday practice for the Timberwolves.

Coach Flip Saunders said that the rest day for Pek is simply a precautionary measure. Pekovic has been dealing with ankle bursitis and will likely see more rest days ahead as the T-Wolves try to limit the wear and tear on his body. He could provide solid fantasy value in the mid-to-late rounds of drafts as the primary big man for a young T-Wolves team. If his injury problems persist, Gorgui Dieng will see an uptick in playing time.
Oct 2 - 2:40 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle bursitis) said that he feels good after shedding his protective boot, but the Wolves are looking for ways to limit the wear-and-tear on his body.

Flip Saunders already said that he hopes to limit his starting center to around 26-27 minutes per game, and Pek is wearing a custom-made shoe as a preventive measure. His fantasy value is severely undermined by his minute-limit, injury risk, and lack of shot-blocking at the C position. If he does go down with an injury this season, Gorgui Dieng would immediately become a must-own player.
Oct 1 - 1:24 PM

Coach Flip Saunders hopes he will be able to keep Nikola Pekovic at 26-27 minutes per game.

"With Gorgui [Dieng] improving and Ronny (Turiaf) being healthy, we can get Pek down to 26, 27 minutes a night," said Saunders. "So he’s not going to have to play 12 minutes at a time. He’s a big guy. If you can’t change his weight, you change his workload so his body doesn’t take such a pounding." Throughout the four-years that Pekovic has been in the league, he's never made it through a full NBA season. And while a decreased workload may help him stay on the court, it's also going to hurt his fantasy value a bit. Pek shouldn't be targeted until the later rounds of drafts in standard leagues.
Sep 28 - 11:00 AM

In an interview with Wolves President and coach Flip Saunders, it was reported that Nikola Pekovic's minutes are expected to drop.

He has had a lot of injuries in the past couple of seasons and can't seem to stay on the court. He is a bruiser when healthy but the Wolves will feel more comfortable resting him with the improving Gorgui Dieng behind him. We wouldn't target Pekovic until the later rounds.
Source: Jerry Zgoda
Sep 27 - 8:08 PM

Nikola Pekovic is expected to play 27 minutes per game this season.

That sounds about right and it would be down from his 31 per game last season. Pekovic has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons and the team will give Gorgui Dieng more minutes as the backup center. Pek's numbers haven't translated to fantasy very well, so he's only a borderline pick at the end of standard fantasy drafts.
Sep 15 - 11:21 AM

Flip Saunders is confident that Nikola Pekovic will be able to remain healthy for the 2014-15 season.

Saunders cited that the team has fitted Pekovic for a new shoe, and he's been working hard with trainers all summer. Saunders also mentioned that he plans to play more Gorgui Dieng in an effort to limit the stretches Pekovic plays. With that being said, Pekovic has never made it through more than 65 games in an NBA season, and he was only able to suit up for 54 games last year. Despite Flip's enthusiasm, Pekovic remains a huge injury risk, and that should be considered before drafting him.
Aug 24 - 2:06 PM

Flip Saunders stated that Nikola Pekovic's ankle is finally "pain-free."

While Pekovic is a serious talent in the league, he has yet to play a full season in his NBA career, missing an average of 25 games over the past four seasons. Pekovic should be well rested, and healthy coming into this years training camp, but with the amount of games missed over his career he has earned the "injury prone" label, and remains a risk-reward type of player.
Jun 6 - 4:05 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) will not play on Sunday and he's doubtful to return this season.

The Wolves aren't playing for anything in their final three games so it makes sense to keep Pekovic on the bench. He tried valiantly to play through his ankle bursitis but ultimately the injury shut him down again, allowing rookie Gorgui Dieng to thrive with extended minutes in the starting lineup.
Apr 13 - 8:51 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

There has been nothing to suggest Pek will make it back this season. His ankle and Achilles issues have bothered him for a couple months and there is no incentive to play him. Gorgui Dieng will get the start and has become a nice fantasy big man.
Apr 11 - 7:13 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Rockets.

It's not official yet, but it looks like Pekovic is shutting it down for the season. Backup Gorgui Dieng is averaging an eye-opening 12.0 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 11 starts this season.
Apr 11 - 10:59 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Mo Williams
3J.J. Barea
4Brady Heslip
SG1Kevin Martin
2Chase Budinger
3Zach LaVine
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Corey Brewer
3Shabazz Muhammad
4Robbie Hummel
5Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Anthony Bennett
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Gorgui Dieng
3Ronny Turiaf