QUOTE: “My goal this year is to be a better defensive player. I have to do that so that our team can be better. As I get older, stronger, it’s something I want to focus on.”
COHEN’S ANALYSIS: This is exactly what I wanted to hear from Vucevic, who is already a first-rate rebounder and a privileged pick-and-pop player. He knows it is imperative for him to become a reliable and intimidating big man on the defensive end. While his offensive stats will likely steadily improve, Nik’s impact on defense will determine whether he becomes a top five center in the NBA.