Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 2 days ago

Vucevic was held out of practice Thursday due to a strained shoulder, Orlando Magic Daily reports.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 4 months ago

Vucevic was praised for his skill on offense by new coach Scott Skiles, but Skiles also said that Vucevic needs to "be more of a factor on [defense]", the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Vucevic is a good defensive rebounder, but he's not known as a staunch defender. For fantasy, it'll be interesting to see if Skiles' defensive schemes result in any statistical production changes for Vucevic. One of the biggest knocks against Vucevic being a top-flight center in fantasy has been his lack of blocks. He averaged just 0.7 blocks per games this season in a career-high 34 minutes per game.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 5 months ago

Vucevic posted a career year, averaging a team-high 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 34.2 minutes per game.

Vucevic finished the season ranked fifth in double-doubles (45), sixth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage (52.3), and 16th in scoring. He was one of 12 rotation players to shoot at least 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line, barely meeting the ladder benchmark. His career-high field goal mark is much more impressive when you realize he attempted the 11th most mid-range jumpers, 460 total, in the league. Vucevic's free-throw rate declined in the second half of the season when interim coach James Borrego paired him with offensively challenged Dewayne Dedmon, dropping his attempts to 2.4 per game over the final 24 games. The lineup change was made because Vucevic still struggles defending at the rim, allowing opponents to convert 54 percent of their shots. Vucevic's prowess on the glass made him one of two players to secure at least 10.0 rebounds per game each of the last three seasons, joining the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 6 months ago

Vucevic posted 16 points, four rebounds, three assists,one steal, and one block in 36 minutes of action Friday against the Raptors.

Vucevic is averaging 22.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists over the last five games. In spite of his lack of production in defensive categories, he's considered a sub-elite option at center due to his high double-double rate.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 6 months ago

Vucevic scored 22 points (9-16 FG, 4-4 FT) with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Bulls.

Vucevic has now scored 20 or more points in three straight games, and six of his last eight, averaging 21.6 points and 10.5 boards over that stretch.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 6 months ago

Vucevic scored 16 points (8-21 FG, 0-1 3Pt) with 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 33 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.

He's now averaging 17.4 points and 11.3 rebounds with seven double-doubles over his last 10 games, and Vucevic should remain a consistent buckets-and-boards guy to close out the season.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 6 months ago

Vucevic grabbed a double-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 33 minutes of action Friday against the Pistons.

Vucevic is averaging 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game over the last five contests -- just barely south of his season averages. He's been fairly consistent after a brief stint of weak games recovering from an injury. That being said, he's a strong asset in fantasy leagues in spite of his deficiency in defensive categories.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 6 months ago

Vucevic scored 16 points (8-15 FG) with 12 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.

The Magic big man keeps on rolling, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.0 steals over his last eight games. Vucevic has been one of the few bright spots for Orlando in a season that has them jockeying for position in the draft lottery.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 6 months ago

Vucevic posted 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes of action Friday against the Blazers.

Vucevic is averaging 16.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steals over the last five games. While those numbers are relatively satisfactory, he's quite a ways off from his season averages of 19.3 points and 11.2 rebounds. Vucevic has shot just 43 percent from the field during that span, and he'll have to improve his efficiency in order to make up for his lack of contribution in defensive categories.

Nikola Vucevic PF/C ORL 7 months ago

Vucevic recorded his third straight double-double Sunday, scoring 22 points (11-21 FG, 0-1 FT) and grabbing 15 rebounds in 33 rebounds.

Vucevic has been on fire since missing two games earlier in March. In his past four games, he's averaging 11.3 rebounds and 17.5 points.