Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) – “Vooch” nike

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orl Center: 7’0, 260 lbs; 7th year, USC

NBA Role: skilled offensive pivot Star UnderDOG

Though Orlando has struggled to pick up victories in Nik’s two years as Top DOG, it’s pretty unfair to label Vucevic an ’empty numbers’ guy – he’s literally good for about 18 & 9/night; one of the most overlooked bigs around, Orlando’s record is the only thing keeping Vucevic from the national conversation; always gets it done on the glass (uses size well to get great positioning) – not the most athletic big but Nik does a great job of walling off his man & securing extra possessions via tip-ins/tip-outs; on offense, he’s advanced far since USC: converts hooks w/ either hand  – loves immediate shots to catch defenders off guard – has pop out to 18 feet & is clutch w/ the fader; a borderline All-Star, Vucevic is a nightly double-double*; not a rim protector or ‘plus’ defender – Frank Vogel values D, can he improve or will Bismack Biyombo steal minutes?; Nik finally has a stable coach – when will ORL return to the postseason?

*one of the top DFS centers for his points & boards alone

Signature Shot: catch and shoot, turnaround hook

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 80


Couple DOG Facts:

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Career: 14.6 points/game, 9.9 rebounds/game, 50% FG

Avg. career-high 19.3 points/game (2014-15)

First Team All-Pac-10 (2011)

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“Featured Lights”

  • “Something to Look Forward To” – Ahh, you gotta love those late-in-the-season-out-of-playoff-contention meetings – Nik Vucevic certainly does! (via FreeDawkins; Apr. 2015):