Cohen's Analysis: Nikola Vucevic has enjoyed a breakout season and is a candidate for Most Improved honors. He is a relentless rebounder and has developed a very reliable 15-to-18 foot jumper. He even is starting to establish a presence on the low block because of his quality footwork and touch around the basket.
It’s also evident, however, that Vucevic is not yet a premier defender or intimidator inside. We know it’s a component of his game that he will work significantly on this summer.
But eventually, will Nik be more valuable as a steady power forward rather than a center, which often is a position that is more defensive-based? It’s hard to be consistent in the NBA if you don’t have someone in the paint to block shots and deny opponents from attacking the rim.
If Orlando can ultimately find another big man to play side-by-side with Vucevic, who can focus more on his rebounding and offensive arsenal, to serve as the defensive force, that would be very beneficial as it continues in this renovation.