One trait that I love is his ability to get the opposing bigs into foul trouble. He is second on the team (1st Love) in Free Throw attempts, but that doesn’t illustrate fouls he draws on the ground. A great example was last night’s game against the Thunder. Kendrick Perkins who is no slouch on defense racked up two early fouls in the first quarter forcing Thunder Coach Scott Brooks to bring in the number 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Hasheem Thabeet. Thabeet, who serves as a defensive minded backup Center proved to be another victim of the Serbian beast. Pek’s play helped influence a move of positions, Brooks sifted Kevin Durant from the 3 to the 4, and place Serge Ibaka at the 5. This move didn’t have the Wolves running rampant all over the Thunder, but it still helped bring the 12 game losing streak against the Thunder to a halt.
Pick and Rolls baby! Pek is a master of the pick and roll, and luckily we have some Guards who love to run it with him. I don’t know if I can name too many (or any) Centers that are better at rolling to the basket then Pek. He is so big and knows how to use his body to keep those passing lanes open, and it is a sight to see it. Matching Pek with a team that has players at every position who can pass has been fun to watch. But you can’t take anything away from Pek, a lot of credit needs to go to his hustle, not many centers can match it. I remember in training camp Pek came in noticeable fitter and the coaches were raving about him leading the pack during running drills. He’s a Center!
We still have not seen the best of him yet, he is a player who has gotten better each year and continues to work on his game. I’m excited to see what new trick Pek learns next…… a jump s hot? I have heard he has a decent one, and he did hit a nice one against the Thunder.
Let’s see how the Timberwolves come out against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks bring an interesting matchup with Carmelo at the four and one of the best defensive centers in the league Tyson Chandler. Pek had his chance to show nationally what he can do, let’s see if teams took note.