Originally Posted by TORaptor4Ever
Minny may have made some questionable moves (the PG obsession) but they're making up for it with finds like these.
Kahn, the one with the PG obsession and the guy who pratically gave Al Jefferson away, did not draft Pekovic. I picked this guy up on my fantasy team a week ago when Belsius mentioned him in Thriller's thread. When I looked at his profile, the first thing I noticed was that he was drafted in 2008 with Kevin Love. McHale, not Kahn, was responsible for the Love trade and drafting Pekovic in 2008. Kahn took over in 2009 and started making the really questionable moves.
The rapid improvement of Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic doesn't surprise Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who selected Pekovic in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft when McHale was the Wolves' general manager.
Pekovic played two more years in the Greek League before joining the Wolves last season. Foul trouble limited his production last season, but the native of Montenegro is averaging 14.1 points and 9.2 rebounds and shooting 62.5 percent in the Wolves' past seven games.
Pekovic started Saturday night and had 11 points and nine rebounds in the Wolves' 100-91 win over Houston at Target Center.
"I liked him a lot when we drafted him," McHale said of Pekovic before the game. "He's a rugged guy. It's a different game over here, but he's adjusting. Some guys it takes awhile to adjust to the NBA game."
Pekovic made his fourth start Saturday night in place of Darko Milicic, who has a left quadriceps bruise. Wolves coach Rick Adelman said Milicic's leg "tightened up" after Friday's game at New Jersey, and he was held out Saturday as a precaution.
In the meantime, Pekovic has been a worthy fill-in for Milicic, including a career-high 27 points at New Jersey.
"He's really been consistent the last two weeks," Adelman said. "He's been able to keep himself out of foul trouble, which keeps him in the game. He's playing a lot smarter now."
Pekovic has yet to foul out this season. He committed only one foul in 29.3 minutes Saturday night. He averaged
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