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Strengths: Runs the floor decently well … Excellent finisher around the basket where he is capable of finishing with a power dunk … A physically rugged player with great upper body strength … This often enables him to absorb contact and finish in the post with regularity … Fundamentally, he understands the value of not putting the ball on the floor in the low post … Does a great job of getting his body wide after establishing position … This gives guards an easier target to pass into where he has the soft hands needed to catch the most difficult of passes … Aggressive player whose physicality often results in a good deal of contact where fouls are sure to follow … Unlike most big men, Pekovic has the solid free throw shooting ability to take full advantage … Quality rebounder in his area thanks to his basic, but refined boxing out of opposing players … Post footwork is solid where he is able to keep his balance while executing in the post with some quickness … Back to the basket moves continue to show great promise with a nice jump hook and good shooting touch around the rim … Mental approach to the game is the type that NBA teams covet, as he brings toughness and intensity on every play … Will not back down from a challenge or be intimidated … Feel for the game and basketball IQ are very underrated and have shown considerable growth since last season … Understands what he is capable of doing and never operates outside of his comfort zone … Owns a great motor in that Pekovic moves constantly, working the block all around the low post looking for the pass …

Weaknesses: By European standards he is deemed a top notch athlete, but by NBA standards he will be viewed as average … Gets so many of his points by being physical with his defender that it's highly doubtful this same effort would be effective in the NBA … Back to the basket moves could stand some variety such as an up and under and, most importantly, a turnaround jumper … Could stand to expand his range out to 16 feet from the basket … Isn’t a tremendous rebounder out of position as he lacks agility and length … While listed at 6-11, upon appearance he looks closer to 6-9 ½ to 6-10 … Struggles to be effective at times when defended against athletic players with length … Lateral movement seems a step slow and will be a detriment to him defensively on the next level … When operating in the post Pekovic can get a little lost where he is in relation to the basket … Court vision is virtually non-existent in that once he gets the ball he will rarely pass it out … Lacks the explosiveness to be a shot blocker … Doesn’t have the necessary skills to contribute much to an up-tempo offense, which means any team drafting him must do so with the knowledge that he is a half court offensive player … A late bloomer in some regards, but his accession to Europe’s elite should have some scouts wondering how much upside is left in the tank … Can be a little too aggressive on defense, leading him to being foul prone … There have been talks in European circles that Pekovic is very committed to staying overseas - if that is the case, teams who consider drafting him must be wary of wasting a pick that may never come over in the early part of the draft …

Matthew Maurer - 5/14/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Partizan

27

61.5

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76.5

0.7

0.6

3.6

0.2

7.3

2006-07 Partizan

31

71.0

00.0

75.4

0.6

0.5

2.7

0.1

9.0

2007-08 Partizan

28

68.4

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79.7

0.9

0.9

5.5

0.8

15.2

Totals

86

67.7

00.0

77.6

0.7

0.7

3.9

0.3

10.5

 

Comments   

0 #3 ChrisPC 2008-07-15 19:08
From what I heard he was completely dominant and would have been a Top 10 pick had he been able to come to the US. His contract with his european team will allow him to stay over there. They said Marciej Lampe was going to be dominant in 2003 and he hardly played at all. We will see.
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0 #2 Guest 2008-05-22 12:21
Honestly he is top ten pick if he chooses to come to NBA. But he won't and that is great decision.
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0 #1 Leonard 2008-05-13 22:13
Absolutely dominant for KK Partizan...he could be like Vlade Divac.
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