In his third year in the league, Nikola Pekovic has come into his own for the Minnesota Timberwolves and fantasy basketball owners alike. On Wednesday night, he kicked off the second half in a big way to help lead the Wolves to victory.
Pekovic led all players with 27 points and 18 rebounds, as he went 9 for 16 from the field and 9 for 15 from the free throw line. Pekovic dominated Spencer Hawes in the middle, grabbing 11 defensive rebounds and seven offensive boards. He finished plus-10 for the game, and also added two blocks and a steal.
This season, Pekovic has improved his scoring by two points per game, and his rebounding numbers are up as well. He is in the top ten in scoring with 15.9 points per game, and is just outside the top ten with 8.9 rebounds per game among centers. Wednesday night was his third straight double-double, and seventh in his last 10 games. He has 20 double-doubles on the season, which again puts him right in the top ten at his position.
He has exceeded his draft stock at the start of the year, and has evolved into one of the best centers in fantasy and in the league. The 27 points he scored Wednesday is his third highest total of the year, and the 18 boards ties a career-high.
After missing five games in January with a thigh issue he has bounced right back and has now played at least 40 minutes in his past three games. The big Montenegrin should continue to dominate while leading fantasy owners to glory as the season winds down.