Tonight we're playing against Chicago and I had a feeling Tyson always plays great against them so I decided to check the stats.
Look at the last few games against them:
Dec. 8 @ Chicago L - 14 points,18 rebounds,1 block
Apr. 10 @ Chicago L - 10 points,15 rebounds,3 blocks
Apr. 8 vs Chicago W - 8 points,16 rebounds,3 blocks (had numerous tip outs,one of them leading to a three by Melo to win the game)
So that's an average of 10.7 points,16.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Pretty impressive.
Let's see how he'll do tonight. We always need a big performance from him against Chicago because they are the best rebounding team in the league.
Nikola Peković comes from my area. People from Croatia and Montenegro are known for their size and strength (especially the ones near the sea and in the mountains). Nothing weird to see him being so strong.
What separates him from other big guys in the league is that he's not only strong,he's actually pretty skilled.
I watched him play in Serbia and he was a beast down there too. Not only in regional league but in Euroleague also.
Im most concerned with the rebounding. I never saw him as this prolific defender anyway but rebounding is as much about effort and concentration as it is skill. An athletic center thats 7'1" with long arms should not get under double digit rebounds. With a team thats going small to begin with, we cant afford that. I dont wanna hear he is the only guy trying to rebound because often times his man is the one yanking down boards.