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Nikola Pekovic

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2011-12 SEASON: Completed his second NBA season by averaging 13.9 ppg and 7.4 rpg in 26.9 mpg… Played in 47 games (including 35 starts), missing 12 due to injury… Shot a franchise-record 56.4% from the field, ranking 3rd in the NBA and shattering the previous club mark of 52.6% set by Kevin Garnett in 2005-06; he also hit 74.3% from the FT line… Pulled down 181 offensive rebounds in 1264 minutes to lead the NBA on both a per-48 (6.9) and percentage (16.1%) basis; he ranked 3rd in offensive boards per game (3.9) behind DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Love… Appeared in just two of Minnesota's first 11 games and logged a total of 99 minutes in the first 17; however, his 13-point effort in the Jan. 25 victory at Dallas triggered a 15-game run that saw him tally 16.6 ppg and 9.9 rpg while shooting 61.8%… Sliced his foul rate to 3.7 per 48 minutes, having committed an average of 9.8 PFs per 48 as a rookie… Hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds Apr. 22 vs. Golden State, one of point/rebound double-doubles on the season… Scored a game-high 23 points Apr. 19 at Detroit, his 11th 20+ effort and one of six times he led the Wolves… Returned Apr. 2 at Sacramento, having missed the previous seven games due to bone spurs in his right ankle… Collected 20 points and 12 rebounds Mar. 16 at the L.A. Lakers, his eighth 20/10 game on the year… Tallied a career-high 30 points with 12 rebounds (nine offensive) in the Feb. 17 win at Houston; he also swiped a career-best three steals and blocked three shots in that game… Logged a career-high 43:31 vs. Charlotte on Feb. 15, and led the Wolves with 27 points off the bench Feb. 3 at New Jersey… Went over the 1000-career-point mark in the Apr. 26 finale vs. Denver.

2010-11 SEASON: Finished his first season in the NBA by playing in 65 games… Missed 13 contests due to a sprained left ankle (Nov. 14-Dec. 3, Dec. 18-26), one to the flu (Jan. 19) and two with a strained right hip (Mar. 27-30)… Averaged 5.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg in 13.7 mpg, shooting 51.7% from the field and 76.3% from the FT line… Started 11 times, including five in April; he tallied 9.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg while hitting 64.2% as a starter (19.5 mpg)… Scored a season-high 16 points Mar. 4 at Philadelphia (one of 10 double-figure outings), and logged a season-high 29:58 Apr. 2 at Memphis… Shot 56.2% from the floor over the final three months, after hitting 43.6% through mid-January… Committed 9.8 PFs per 48 on the year, the highest rate for anyone in the NBA (min. 500 minutes played)… Blocked a season-high four shots Dec. 11 at Chicago, but also coughed up six TOs… Posted his first double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) Nov. 7 at Houston.

CAREER NOTES: Selected by Minnesota with the 31st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft... Signed by Minnesota to a multi-year contract on July 28, 2010... 2009-10: Appeared in 35 games for Panathinaikos in the Greek League, averaging 12.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 16.6 minutes per game... Led the Greek League by shooting a career-best 72.5% from the floor... Reached double figures scoring in 26 of 35 games... Averaged 21.5 minutes per game during 13 Euroleague appearances... Scored 14.8 points and grabbed 3.5 rebounds per contest on 60.7% shooting... Scored 10 or more points in 11 of 12 games, including three games with 20 or more points... 2008-09: Played 18.1 minutes per game during 21 Euroleague games as Panathinaikos earned its sixth Euroleague Final Championship... Scored 13.0 points on 63.4% shooting while grabbing 3.8 rebounds per contest... 2007-08: Averaged 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in seven Serbian SuperLeague appearances for Partizan... Led Partizan to the quarterfinals in Adriatic League play with an average of 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in 28 games (26 starts)... Named Adriatic League All-Star Game MVP with 26 points and eight rebounds... Scored 16.4 points and grabbed 6.9 rebounds during Euroleague play, including four double-doubles... Named to the All-Euroleague Second Team... 2006-07: Helped lead Partizan to titles in both the Serbian and Adriatic Leagues... Averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in the Serbian SuperLeague during the regular season...Added 7.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in five postseason games... Scored 9.0 points and grabbed 2.7 rebounds during Adriatic League play, reaching double figures scoring 13 times... Averaged 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game during Euroleague play... 2005-06: Led Partizan to a Serbian SuperLeague title with 7.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the regular season... Added 8.2 points and 5.4 in five playoff appearances... Scored 9.0 points and grabbed 2.7 rebounds during Adriatic League play, scoring double figures eight times... In Euroleague play, averaged 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game... 2004-05: Averaged 4.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes for Atlas in Serbian Superleague play.
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