Originally written on Hoop Fantasies Fantasy Basketball Blog  |  Last updated 2/13/12


Nikola Pekovic is proving to be one of the best waiver wire pickups of this shortened season. In Minnesota's loss to Orlando, Pekovic double-doubled with 16 points (6-13 FG and 4-6 FT) and 13 rebounds with a steal and a block.

On the season, Pekovic is averaging 10.8 points (63 percent FG and 74.4 percent FT), 6.2 rebounds, .3 assists, .7 steals and .5 blocks. He's been even better in seven games in February, averaging 16.7 points (64.5 percent FG and 73.1 percent FT), 10.1 rebounds, .4 assists, a steal and .7 blocks.  He's double-doubled six times this season.

If you were worried about Darko Milicic's return from injury killing Pekovic's value, don't worry yet. In his return Monday, Darko played just four minutes, racked up three fouls and blocked a shot. Non-factor.

Pekovic is owned in 55 percent of Yahoo leagues and 94.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

H/t: fBasketballBlog for the video.


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