While the Orlando Magic have been mearly mediocre this season, they do seem to have a glimmer of hope for the future in 23-year old center Nikola Vucevic. While you’ve probably never heard of him, Vucevic, standing at 7ft – 250lbs, is really showing an array of pure center skills that are very rare in todays NBA world and worthy of national notice. Combining a skill-set of solid post moves and rebounding, along with a decent mid-range game and some defense, Vucevic is really looking like the future centerpiece for this Orlando Magic squad. Check out his noteworthy stat breakdown through ten games this season.
Per Game Averages: 15.8 ppg, 11.4 rpg (5th), 2.9 apg, 1.4 stl, 1.0 blk
Per Game Shooting Numbers: 55% field goals, 74.3% free throws
Efficiency: 23.6 (7th)
More Interesting Numbers:
Against .500+ teams:
Game Averages: 16.6 ppg, 12.2 rpg, 3.4 ast, 1.8 stl, 1.2 blk
Shooting: 52% FG, 81% FT
The Most Interesting Numbers:
Win Shares (number of wins a player has contributed): 1.4 – 2nd on team (Afflalo)
Matchup Record (number of match-ups won vs opponent based on efficiency): 5-2
Per 48 minutes: 21.8 ppg, 15.7 rpg, 4 apg, 32.6 efficiency rating
As you can see, this dude can ball. While maybe not as glamours of a player as Dwight Howard, or as flashy and striking as DeAndre Jordan, Vucevic sure deserves the praise so far this season. If he can keep these numbers up, and the Magic can stay around that .500 mark come All-Star weekend, look for this guys’ name amongst those 13 players invited to the celebratory showdown.
Check out these highlights from his performance earlier this year against the Clippers (30 pts, 20 reb)
Pretty impressive, if you ask me.