12.  Nikola Pekovic
From the small Basketball mad nation of Montenegro, Nikola Pekovic took his sweet time making his way to the NBA as he was busy dominating the Euro League.  Pekovic would finish third in Most Improved Voting in the 2011/12 season and followed that up with two seasons averaging over 15 Points and 8 Rebounds per Game.  Pekovic would suffer ankle issues in the 2014/15 season that limited his playing time to 31 Games and even less in he next season where he only played in 12.  He would be waived shortly after as he was not able to contribute on an NBA level but he was still a very good player on albeit poor Timberwolves teams.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd Round, 31st Overall in the NBA Draft 6/26/08.
  • Departed: Waived 6/20/17
  • Games Played: 271
  • Per Game Averages: 24.9 MP
    .518 eFG%
    .760 FT%
    12.6 PTS
    6.7 RB
    0.7 AST
    0.5 STL
    0.6 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 18.6 PER
    .570 TS%
    2.2 VORP
    18.8 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Highest Offensive Rebound Percentage (2012)

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