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Nikola Vucevic | Center | #9

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 260
College: USC
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (16) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Nikola Vucevic started his 2017-18 season with 19 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes vs. the Heat.
Vuc made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with just one turnover tonight. He also attempted three 3-pointers, which is encouraging even though he didn't make any of them. After making 30.7 percent of his 75 attempts last season, it looks like Vuc could make a real impact beyond the arc. Oct 19 - 12:38 AM

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Nikola Vucevic will take the night off on Tuesday vs. San Antonio.

He's the only starter that hasn't rested so far in the preseason, so he was due for a night off. Vucevic has expanded his range over the offseason and hit three 3-pointers in four games, so there's no reason why he can't improve on his top-50 finish in 9-cat leagues. Marreese Speights and D.J. Augustin will also take the night off.
Oct 10 - 7:09 PM

Nikola Vucevic confirmed the Magic want him to shoot more 3-pointers.

"I think it creates lots of things for us offensively and a lot of space that we need," Vucevic said. We saw him make two 3-pointers on Thursday, so this quote certainly matches up with what we saw on the court. He's always been a solid mid-range shooter and there's been buzz on this topic for a few months, so it's possible he can make 1.0 per game. Vooch is a fine pick in the middle rounds.
Oct 6 - 4:46 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 14 points with one rebound, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

He's dropped some weight and there's been some added stress on Vooch making some 3-pointers, so the two today are certainly noteworthy. He may be moving down in the scoring pecking order, but Vucevic was still a 17-11 guy after the break last year. After the big-name centers come off the board, Vooch is in the mix to be targeted in the middle rounds.
Oct 5 - 9:33 PM

Nikola Vucevic dropped five pounds this offseason to become more agile in the small-ball NBA.

Five pounds isn't exactly saying much, but Vooch having any motivation to adjust his game is noteworthy. The Magic are going to play much differently this year than how they played to start last year in their failed double-big lineups. Vucevic isn't the sexiest fantasy pick, but he's a fine option in the middle rounds after the bigger names come off the board.
Sep 27 - 3:12 PM

Nikola Vucevic's 16 points weren't enough as Montenegro were eliminated from Eurobasket following a 100-68 loss to Latvia.

Kristaps Porzingis was the better man today, dropping 19 points in 22 minutes. Vucevic finished 7-of-15 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, adding nine rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes. Unlike last season, Vucevic enters the 2017-18 campaign as the unquestioned starter at center in Orlando ahead of Bismack Biyombo and is an excellent value at his current mid-round ADP.
Sep 10 - 9:25 AM

Nikola Vucevic double-doubled during Tuesday's win over the Czek Republic, posting 17 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in just 27 minutes.

Early on this summer, there was the obligatory report implying that Vucevic would work to expand his range this offseason, but through four games at the EuroBasket tournament he's attempted just one 3-pointer per contest while connecting on 25 percent of those attempts, so Vuc establishing himself as a knockdown shooter from longrange is unlikely to become a thing. Still, he was a top-30 guy after the break last year, so he'll make for a fine mid-round selection on draft day, regardless of his shooting range.
Sep 5 - 3:45 PM

Nikola Vucevic plans to improve 3-point shooting over the summer.

Vucevic attempted only 26 triples over his first five NBA seasons but launched 73 treys in 2016-17. He plans to spend the offseason improving his stroke, as he is shooting only 28.8 percent from downtown. "It's definitely something I want to add to my game. I think it’s going to help myself a lot as well as the team," said Vucevic. His coach, Frank Vogel, agrees. "If he carries the threat to the 3-point line, it improves everybody else on the floor," Vogel said. This is something to keep in mind on draft day next October.
Apr 11 - 9:51 AM

Nikola Vucevic finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot over 27 minutes in Monday's 122-75 loss at Chicago.

Vucevic moved past Shaquille O'Neal (3,691) for second place on the team's all-time rebounding list. He is finishing up strong and it's great news for fantasy owners who feared the Magic might shut him down at some point. He has 10 or more rebounds in each of his five April outings.
Apr 10 - 11:58 PM

Nikola Vucevic had just six points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Cavaliers.

The Cavs won the third quarter 43-20 in the 122-120 blowout so there was a lot of garbage time in this game. The Magic are out of the playoffs and have nothing to play for, but have been rolling their guys out there. But that plan could change at any time, so keep an eye out for news on all of Orlando's starters.
Apr 4 - 9:47 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 27 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one triple in 32 minutes vs. the Nets on Saturday.

With just five games remaining on the schedule, there still hasn't been any indication from the Magic that they will rest or shut down their franchise center. Vooch snapped out of his funk tonight and hit 13-of-20 from the field with three turnovers, and after Tuesday's game vs. the Cavaliers, he gets to look forward to another tasty matchup with the Nets on Thursday.
Apr 1 - 9:14 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored eight points with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

It's just a bad game for Vooch, but he hasn't played particularly well lately on the offensive end. The Magic have not said anything about resting him, so his fantasy owners can throw him out there unless there's a change in how the Magic feel about the lottery.
Mar 31 - 11:26 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 16 points during a 115-87 win over the Pistons on Friday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in just 26 minutes.

Since that ankle flare up last week, Vucevic has been fantastic in the last four. With the Magic going 3-1 in those, Vooch averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 boards, 4.5 dimes and 1.0 blocks. The Magic almost have no chance at a top-three lotto spot and could easily fall to the bottom half of the lottery with more wins. Based on that, maybe the Magic take it easy on Vooch. Keep rolling him out there as long as he's active, of course.
Mar 24 - 9:42 PM

Nikola Vucevic came up big vs. Charlotte, finishing Wednesday's tough home loss with 14 points (6-of-12 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 12 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, one steal and one turnovers in 30 minutes.

Vuc felt soreness in his troublesome right Achilles this weekend, but he looked sharp on Monday and obviously wasn't at all limited tonight. Considering how tricky Achilles injuries can be, and the fact that Orlando has the fourth-worst record in the NBA, Vucevic's owners have to be overjoyed with his recent production.
Mar 22 - 9:35 PM

Nikola Vucevic finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 36 minutes in Monday's 112-109 win against the 76ers.

Vucevic has back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in five games since returning from a four-game absence due to an Achilles' tendon injury. He is a rebound machine, averaging 12.4 boards in the past five outings, two more than his season average. As long as the Magic continue to make an effort and not tank then Vucevic will be a good fantasy option. However, keep in mind they could pull his plug at any time.
Mar 20 - 11:32 PM

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PG1Elfrid Payton
2D.J. Augustin
3Shelvin Mack
SG1Terrence Ross
2Arron Afflalo
SF1Evan Fournier
2Jonathon Simmons
3Mario Hezonja
PF1Aaron Gordon
2Jonathan Isaac
3Adreian Payne
4Khem Birch
C1Nikola Vucevic
2Bismack Biyombo
3Marreese Speights