Years Experience: 4
2013-14 Stats: 17.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks, 54.1 percent shooting, 20.7 PER
Continuing to unleash The Pekovic from the jump is the only option Minnesota has. Right now.
Pekovic isn't the ideal center for these new-look, athletically inclined Timberwolves. He's big and strong and can certainly score, but his slow feet don't fit the bill for a team that should be running and gunning.
He's also unlikely to help out defensively. The Timberwolves continue to lack an actual rim protector, as it's become abundantly clear Pekovic isn't that guy. He ranked 69 out of 77 in opponent's field-goal percentage at the rim among players who faced at least five iron attempts per game last year.
In the interim, though, Pekovic makes the most sense. This team isn't heavy on dependable scoring post-Love. Players such as Rubio, Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Zach LaVine are wild cards.
Pekovic is essential at the beginning if the Timberwolves' offense wants to be watchable, or if they still plan on running pick-and-rolls. He ranked in the top 15 of pick-and-roll efficiency as the roll man last season, according to Synergy Sports (subscription required).
Plus, maybe Pekovic proves to be a more valuable defender within a design that (hopefully) won't call for the Timberwolves to actively avoid fouling.
Hey, you never know...until you try.
Which, right now, the Timberwolves must.