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Nikola Vucevic | Center

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/24/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 260
College: USC
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Nikola Vucevic has been working hard on his game this summer and said that he would like to be a more versatile player next season.
"I’ve been doing a lot of weight-lifting and a lot of running, some basketball individual work and playing some individual games," Vucevic said. "I’m just trying to get ready for the year and get better. As far as what I’m trying to get better on, I’m just trying to improve on all of the areas that I can. I try to be as versatile as I can and hopefully I’ll have some new stuff to add to my game before the season starts.’’ Vucevic averaged 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists last season, and it will be interesting to see what he adds to his offensive arsenal next season. Jul 31 - 10:45 AM

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Nikola Vucevic said he's expecting the Magic to turn things around this season.

After a career season in 2014-15, the 24-year-old is looking to help the Magic take the next step as a franchise. "I’m expecting a better season from us," Vucevic said. "I think it’s time for us to turn it around. We can’t keep having 20-win seasons." While it would be nice to see his block number improve, Vucevic will enter the 2015-16 season as a solid early-round pick after posting averages of 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 blocks per game on 52.3 percent shooting in 2014-15.
Jul 30 - 1:41 PM

The Orlando Magic are not part of a three-team deal involved Nikola Vucevic, according to league sources.

Vucevic had been rumored to be part of a three-team deal involving the Lakers (Julius Randle and picks) and the Kings (DeMarcus Cousins). We'll have to wait and see if there is a fire to go along with this smoke, but it would seem as if Vucevic isn't headed to Sacramento just yet.
Jun 23 - 12:23 PM

Scott Skiles wants to see Nikola Vucevic improve on the defensive end of the court.

Skiles again praised Vooch's offensive ability in comparing him to the Gasol brothers, but he did so as a setup before evaluating his defense. While Skiles likes Vucevic's ability to rebound the basketball, the new coach wants to see even more from the big man. If Vucevic can become a consistent defensive presence, his already sky-high value would go up even more for fantasy owners next season.
Jun 8 - 10:09 AM

Scott Skiles praised Nikola Vucevic's offense during a recent interview, saying he's one of the few centers in the league that can post-up, and also step out and hit jumpers with regularity.

Vucevic had a career-year with the Magic during the 2014-15 season, averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 blocks per game on 52.3 percent shooting from the field. His defense is questionable, but Vooch is one of Orlando's best options on offense and his ability to crash the glass should keep him on the floor. He'll be a quality early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Jun 2 - 5:51 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

Vucevic's owners will be thrilled that he played 40 minutes in such a meaningless game for the Magic. He certainly gave Brooklyn a scare, but he couldn't prevent the Nets from pulling away in the fourth quarter. Victor Oladipo played well with 19 points, three assist, two boards, two 3-pointers and a block, while Andrew Nicholson impressed by scoring 18 points with nine boards, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.
Apr 16 - 1:22 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one steal, one block and three turnovers against the Knicks during an 80-79 loss to the Knicks on Saturday.

It was Fan Appreciation Night tonight and the Magic rewarded their faithful crowd with the worst scoring quarter in the history of the National Basketball Association. They were outscored 8-7 in the second quarter and they didn't score at all in the first six minutes of that frame.
Apr 11 - 9:49 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting against the Bucks on Saturday, adding seven boards and five assists in 34 minutes.

He nearly fouled out of this one, so his owners will be thrilled to see him put up such a solid line. Vucevic is coming off a career-high 37-point performance vs. the Wolves on Saturday, and Magic fans will be happy to know that he recently pledged his loyalty to the franchise. Even with just three games next week, Vucevic is a must-start player in all leagues.
Apr 4 - 11:37 PM

Unlike Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal, Nikola Vucevic doesn't plan on leaving the Magic and said that he would like to spend his entire career in Orlando.

"Yeah, I'm here for the long haul. I hope to stay here my whole career," Vucevic said. "I love it here. I really love the city. I've improved here a lot as a player. I'd love to stay for a long, long time and make something special happen. If it takes years, it takes years … I ain't going anywhere." The Magic will obviously be thrilled to hear Vucevic pledge his loyalty, but it should be noted that Howard and O'Neal both said similar things when they were in Orlando. Regardless, Vucevic is coming off a 37-point, 17-board performance vs. the Lakers on Friday, and it looks like he will a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Apr 4 - 9:08 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 37 points against the Wolves during a 97-84 win on Friday, adding 17 boards, two assists and one steal in 40 minutes.

After going 1-9 before tonight, this was a bad win for the lottery with the Lakers losing tonight. Shockingly, this was also the Magic's first road win since January 12, so the New England Patriots have won more games away from home than the Magic from Jan. 13 to Apr. 2. Vucevic has four consecutive double-doubles and his fantasy owners will get another Vooch game on Saturday in Milwaukee.
Apr 4 - 2:16 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored 16 points on 8-of-21 from the field against the Spurs on Wednesday with 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

It's his first game with three blocks or more since December and his five assists were the most he's had in 2015. Vucevic has three consecutive double-doubles and hasn't slowed down besides a slight dip in field goal percentage and points.
Apr 1 - 10:44 PM

Nikola Vucevic finished Tuesday's game with 11 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

The bad news is that he shot 5-of-17 from the field and 1-of-3 at the free throw line, while turning it over three times vs. a Houston frontcourt that is still without Dwight Howard. The Magic have lost five straight and their 21-48 record puts them at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference, but fortunately there are no signs that Vuc's workload will be lessened in the coming weeks.
Mar 17 - 11:38 PM

Nikola Vucevic wore a headband to protect eight stitches during Sunday's game, notching 22 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 15 rebounds (nine offensive), three assists, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes.

The Magic kept it close in the first half, largely due to Vuc's imposing play in the paint, but eventually ran out of gas vs. the surging Cavs. Vucevic is averaging 35.0 minutes over his past 10 games, putting him in the top-25 players during that span, and fortunately coach James Borrego has shown no inclination to give him a breather in the season's final weeks.
Mar 15 - 8:49 PM

Nikola Vucevic needed stitches to his face due to a laceration on Friday against the Celtics, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers.

The cut was right in the center of his forehead, but there's no need to worry about a concussion or anything. Vucevic has played well since returning from an ankle injury back on Mar. 10, averaging 16.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.0 dimes and 2.3 steals in those three. He'll look for a big game against the Cavs on Sunday.
Mar 13 - 11:18 PM

Nikola Vucevic (ankle) played 28 minutes vs. the Pacers on Tuesday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Vucevic's offense has fueled his career-best season, as he's setting new high-water marks in scoring (19.7 points), FG percentage (53.3 percent) and FT percentage (76.8 percent). He didn't block any shots tonight but his minutes were limited mostly because of the lopsided score -- he didn't aggravate his sore ankle, so fantasy owners should view this as an unqualified success.
Mar 10 - 9:31 PM

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