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Nikola Peković

Nikola Peković
Peković (right) with the Timberwolves in 2014
No. 14 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born

(1986-01-03) January 3, 1986


Bijelo Polje, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Montenegrin
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2005 Atlas (Serbia and Montenegro)
2005–2008 Partizan (Serbia)
2008–2010 Panathinaikos (Greece)
2010–present Minnesota Timberwolves
2011 Partizan (Serbia)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nikola Peković (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Пековић; born January 3, 1986) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he plays at the Center (basketball) position.

Contents

  • Club career 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Partizan Belgrade (2005–08) 1.2
    • Panathinaikos Athens (2008–10) 1.3
    • Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–present) 1.4
  • International career 2
    • Serbia and Montenegro national team 2.1
    • Montenegro national team 2.2
  • Career statistics 3
    • NBA 3.1
      • Regular season 3.1.1
    • Euroleague 3.2
  • Administrative career 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Club career

Early years

Peković began playing basketball with a junior team from Podgorica at the age of 15.[1] In 2003, he moved to Belgrade, Serbia and signed his first professional contract with Atlas during the summer.

Partizan Belgrade (2005–08)

After two years there, Peković joined the national champions Partizan in July 2005.[2] With Black and Whites, he won three consecutive Basketball League of Serbia titles, two Adriatic League and Radivoj Korać Cup titles. Peković was named the MVP of the Adriatic League Final Four in 2008. The same year, he also earned an All-Euroleague Second Team selection for leading Partizan to the competition's quarterfinals.

Panathinaikos Athens (2008–10)

In the summer of 2008, Peković joined the Greek champions Panathinaikos.[3] He signed a 3-year contract worth 4.5 million net income. He averaged 13.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in just over 18 minutes per contest, helping Panathinaikos win 2008–09 Euroleague title. Peković consequently established himself as one of Europe's elite centers, being voted to the All-Euroleague First Team.[4] With PAO, he also won two Greek League titles and the 2009 Greek Cup.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–present)

Peković with the Timberwolves in 2011

Peković was selected 31st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Many draft experts considered him a top 10 pick, but due to his contract situation with his team in Europe he was selected much lower. He was considered a lock to be drafted with the first pick of the second round because players selected in the second round are not subject to the rookie scale contracts of the first round. This meant that the team that drafted him would be able to pay him more than those players selected later in the first round. Due to the amount of money Peković was making in Europe already, he likely would not have made the jump to the NBA for the amount of money that could be paid to a late first round player. It was reported on June 30, 2010, that Peković had agreed with the Wolves to a 3-year, $13 million gross income deal.[5] In his rookie season, Peković averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Peković with the Timberwolves in 2011

On August 16, 2011, Peković signed a contract to play for Partizan until the end of the 2011 NBA lockout.[6] Upon returning to Minnesota, through January 2012, Peković stepped in for an injured Darko Miličić to start center for the Timberwolves. He finished the 2011–12 season with 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in 26.9 minutes on the court per game. In voting for the Most Improved Player, Peković finished third behind Orlando's Ryan Anderson and Milwaukee's Ersan İlyasova. On August 14, 2013, Peković re-signed with the Timberwolves. He received a 5-year, $60 million deal.[7] On January 27, 2014, he suffered an ankle injury that hindered him for the rest of the season. He averaged a career high 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds over 54 regular season games.

International career

Serbia and Montenegro national team

While playing with the youth national teams of Serbia and Montenegro, Peković received the bronze medal at the 2005 European U20 Championship in Russia. He also won the gold medal with his generation at the 2006 tournament held in Turkey.

Montenegro national team

Peković with Montenegro in 2010

Peković represented the Montenegrin national team at the EuroBasket 2011 held in Lithuania. Over 5 tournament games, he averaged 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds, as Montenegro finished the tournament after first phase.

Career statistics

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
Denotes seasons in which Peković won the Euroleague

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Minnesota 65 11 13.6 .517 .000 .763 3.0 .4 .3 .5 5.5
2011–12 Minnesota 47 35 26.9 .564 .000 .743 7.4 .7 .6 .7 13.9
2012–13 Minnesota 62 62 31.6 .520 .000 .744 8.8 .9 .7 .8 16.3
2013–14 Minnesota 54 54 30.8 .541 .000 .747 8.7 .9 .6 .4 17.5
2014–15 Minnesota 31 29 26.3 .424 .000 .837 7.5 .9 .6 .4 12.5
Career 259 191 25.4 .521 .000 .759 6.5 .7 .5 .6 12.9

Euroleague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Partizan 14 2 18.0 .574 .000 .677 3.6 .3 .5 .4 7.1 5.9
2006–07 Partizan 20 3 13.5 .593 .000 .714 2.5 .2 .6 .3 4.8 3.3
2007–08 Partizan 23 14 26.5 .584 .000 .773 6.9 .8 .7 .6 16.4 19.6
2008–09 Panathinaikos 21 9 18.1 .634 .000 .775 3.8 .3 .3 .7 13.0 14.0
2009–10 Panathinaikos 13 10 21.6 .607 .000 .727 3.5 .5 .6 .4 14.8 14.9
2011–12 Partizan 7 7 27.2 .549 .000 .811 4.6 .7 .3 .3 15.4 16.7
Career 98 45 20.5 .594 .000 .757 4.3 .5 .5 .5 11.7 12.3

Administrative career

In September 2015, Peković accepted the offer by the Board of directors of Partizan Belgrade to be the next team president, following the resignation of Predrag Danilović in late August.[8] Soon after taking the position, he named Petar Božić a new head coach, thus way not offering Duško Vujošević a new contract.[9]

References


-- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Nikola Peković at aba-league.com
  • Nikola Peković at draftexpress.com
  • Nikola Peković at espn.com
  • Nikola Peković at eurobasket.com
  • Nikola Peković at euroleague.net
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