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Nikola Vucevic


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Full NameNikola Vucevic

BornOctober 24, 1990

Height7 ft 0 in

NationalityMontenegrin

RoleCenter

ABOUT

Nikola Vučević is a Montenegrin professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Vučević attended his senior year of high school at Stoneridge Prep. He was named the team captain and led the team in scoring and rebounding with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Vučević attended the University of Southern California playing three seasons with the Trojans. He began to excel in his sophomore season and ended the year leading USC (University of Southern California) in scoring five times and in rebounding 20 times, including the last nine games. With 10.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, Vučević was the second top scorer and leading rebounder on the Trojans. For the 2009-10 season, Vučević was named the Pac-10 Most Improved Player and earned all-pac-10 second team and pac-10 honorable-mention all-defensive team honors. He had the second most blocks and third most rebounds ever in a season by a Trojan sophomore. Vučević averaged 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during his tenure with the Trojans.

Vučević was drafted as the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. After playing just 15 games in the 2011 NBA Lockout season, Vučević was traded to the Orlando Magic in a four-team trade involving Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Arron Afflalo, Andre Iguodala, and other players. In the 2012-13 season, Vučević set a franchise record with 29 rebounds in an overtime loss to the Miami Heat. The 2013-2014 season saw Vučević develop himself into a double-double machine. Adding the three-point shot to his arsenal, Vučević had most probably the best statistical year of his career so far in the 2014-15 season averaging 19.3 points and 10.9 rebound per game.

In the 2015-2016 season, Vučević averaged 18.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his first 12 games of December, adding his name next to Shaquille O'Neal which made him only the second Magic player to reach those numbers in one month in franchise history. Vučević scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 126–121 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2017-18 season. He recorded his first career triple-double with game highs of 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 117–110 loss to the Atlanta Hawks becoming only the first Magic center to record a triple-double with assists. Vučević is currently second on the rebounds list in franchise history, surpassing Shaquille O'Neal and trailing only Dwight Howard.


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