As the Portland Trail Blazers get set to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at the Target Center, Trail Blazer fans might want to take a closer look at Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic who will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
The Trail Blazers have been rumored to having interest in the third-year center for some time and Pekovic has heard those same rumors and considers it a compliment.
"That's really nice when you hear that other teams like Portland really want to bring you in," Pekovic told CSNNW.com. "That means that I'm doing a good job and they like what I'm doing. That's something nice."
If you're not familiar with Pekovic's game, depending on what basketball era you were brought up in, you might find it refreshing to see a big man that doesn't stray away from the paint.
At 6-11, 290 pounds, Pekovic would be the perfect frontcourt mate to two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and rising stud Nicolas Batum. Pekovic says "If people are talking about me playing along side players like that, that's really nice to hear."
His game might not be the prettiest to look at, but it sure is effective.
"It's not really nice for watching," Pekovic said about his game. "I'm just being real. My game is kind of different, maybe a little old school. That's how I have played my entire life. I'm not somebody that's going to jump three, four feet in the air and catch all these lobs like these guys are doing, but I can create some damage with my back to the basket when I receive the ball."
Pekovic has improved his numbers in each of his first three seasons. Right now, he's averaging 15.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and shooting 51 percent from the field in 37 games.
Pekovic considers it a compliment Blazers could be interested
CSN Northwest | Feb 4