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Nikola Vucevic - C, 7'0, 260
Orlando Magic - Acquired via trade in August 2012
       Date of birth: 06/29/1989
       Country: Montenegro
     Drafted (NBA): 16th pick, 2011
     Out of: USC
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right

2011 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 16th overall by Philadelphia.
22nd August, 2011 Montenegro Signed for the duration of the NBA lockout with Buducnost.
7th December, 2011 Montenegro Left Buducnost.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed four year, $7,909,700 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team options for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
10th August, 2012 NBA As a part of a four team deal, traded by Philadelphia to Orlando, along with Mo Harkless and a 2015 first round pick (#5, 2017, De'Aaron Fox), and along with Andre Iguodala to Denver, in exchange for Jason Richardson from Orlando and Andrew Bynum from the L.A. Lakers.
27th October, 2012 NBA Orlando exercised 2013/14 team option.
26th October, 2013 NBA Orlando exercised 2014/15 team option.
23rd October, 2014 NBA Signed a four year, $48 million extension with Orlando.
When: Where:
2005 - 2007 KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro)
2007 - 2008 Stoneridge Prep (High School)
2008 - 2011 USC (NCAA)
August 2011 - December 2011 Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro)
December 2011 - August 2012 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
August 2012 - present Orlando Magic (NBA)
From blog:

   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 1: Southwestern Region

Nikola Vucevic pulls this face all the time. All. The. Time.

The Trojan's leader is Nikola Vucevic, a talented, productive and versatile 6'10 Montenegrin big man. Vooch is not an athlete, but he's tall and has developed a strong upper body, which he uses to attack the glass and the rim in equal measure. He can shoot mid-range jumpshots, drive the ball and create in the post, be in the right place defensively, effective from both the high and the low posts, has good hands, shot selection, and passing vision. He has also added three point range this season. How he projects at the next level is a valid question, but as of right now, it's only important how he projects over the next week.

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   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Centres

Nikola Vucevic - Vucevic was covered to some degree here, and whilst he played only one game after that post was written, he has nonetheless seem his draft stock grow on account of his favourable measurements. Rare is the day that a player is in fact bigger than they are listed, but Vooch - commonly listed at 6'10 and 220 - measured at the combine to be 7'0 and 260 with a 7'5 wingspan. If you were asked to choose the ideal centre size, it'd be about there. This, combined with the inside/outside offensive game, fine rebounding and sufficient defensive skillset that he had long since demonstrated, has made him a first rounder. Before he became a jumpshooting specialist as he aged, a younger Mehmet Okur was much like this.

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   2011 NBA Draft Diary

Pick 16: - The Sixers take Nikola Vucevic from USC, whose stock skyrocketed when he was measured - seemingly for the first time in four years - and found to be absolutely bloody enormous. Measuring in at a well built 7'0 tall, Vucevic is up there with Valanciunas and Kanter as the biggest player in the draft, as well as being amongst the most skilled bigs available.

With his selection out of the way, this draft just ran out of centres.

Vucevic kisses a couple of men on his way to the podium, the complete opposite of the Vesely approach. All draftees should heartily tongue a lady friend on their way to the podium. If they didn't bring one, they should heartily tongue Jan Vesely's lady friend instead.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto

Nikola Vucevic
C, 7’0, 260lbs, 26 years old, 6 years of experience

This year was the year Vucevic started shooting threes, and while it was not a Marc Gasol (or even Pau Gasol) level of breakout, 23-75 shooting from beyond the arc is a decent start. 42% on 20 footers versus 31% on 25 footers, etc. A true shooting percentage of .495% is pretty terrible for a centre and his worst since his rookie season. Yet if Vooch is not going to go to the line (or make them) or attack contact around the basket, and is going to drop soft hooks and mid-range jumpers anyway, he may as well take them from further out. Elsewhere, his 31.3% defensive rebounding rate was an excellent fifth in the league, and while he will never be a rim protector or fleet-of-foot defender of switches, he rotated better this year, kept his hands up, and improved around the basket. So that’s something.

Player Plan: Two years and $25 million remaining. Decent salary for decent production, although to extend his career beyond being a backup rebounding specialist, those twos need to become threes. Then he’ll become very valuable, both in trade and tree agency. Keep for now, but take trade calls, and if he starts shooting threes on high volume, shop him hard.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 29th October 2017

A rejuvenated Vucevic has been another key cog of the Magic’s impressive start. Vooch is averaging 22.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 blocks per game; this is the best Magic team he has ever played on, and having a relatively large number of weapons around him is allowing him to shine through too.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 11th November 2017

Vucevic has the same sort of role this season that he has long since had. But the long pick-and-pop two-pointers are much more likely to be three-pointers this season, and his scoring increase (18.5 points per game this year, up from 14.6 last year) and career-high assist numbers (3.0 per game) reflect this increased offensive value. The downside is that moving him further away from the basket has made his offensive rebounding disappear to almost zero, severely affecting his overall rebounding production. But even with that, Vucevic is good value at this price relative to his peers, and has regular enough big nights to keep buying into.

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