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Nikola Pekovic Will Put Up All-Star Numbers, Become a Borderline Household Name

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from "26 Bold Predictions for the NBA Season" by Zach Lowe at Grantland.com "He won't make the team, not with all the starry big men in the Western Conference, and he'll never be able to protect the rim at an All-Star level. He also won't shoot 56 percent with both Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio out with injuries. But Pekovic scored as efficiently, and as often, with Rubio on the bench last season as he did with Rubio on the court (the same was true of Love), and he figures to work long stretches as Minnesota's top offensive option to start the season. He averaged about 17 points and nine rebounds per game once he started getting heavy minutes last season, and he led the league in offensive rebounding rate. Pekovic looks to be in great shape, and he's going to put up huge numbers."
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