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Nikola Vucevic

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2012-13 SEASON: Played and started in 77 games with Orlando, averaging 13.1 ppg., a team-high 11.9 rpg., 1.9 apg. and a team-high 1.03 blkpg. in 33.2 minpg….Shot .519 (461-889) from the floor…Ranked second in the NBA in rebounding, third in double-doubles, tied for 21st in field goal percentage and tied for 33rd in blocked shots…Led (or tied) the Magic in scoring nine times, in rebounding a team-best 60 times and in assists once…Scored in double figures 56 times and had 20-plus points ten times, including a career-high 30 points on Apr. 10 vs. Milwaukee…Pulled down 10-plus rebounds 56 times, 15-plus boards 18 times and 20-plus rebounds four times, including a career-high 29 rebounds on Dec. 31 vs. Miami…Broke the franchise record for most rebounds in a game (28, O’Neal, Nov. 20, 1993 @ New Jersey)…Recorded a team-high 46 double-doubles, including four 20-point/20-rebound efforts (Dec. 31 vs. Miami – 20 points and 29 rebounds; Mar. 6 @ Miami – 25 points and 21 rebounds; Apr. 7 @ Cleveland – 21 points and 21 rebounds; Apr. 10 vs. Milwaukee – 30 points and 20 rebounds)…Recorded at least one blocked shot 51 times and had two-or-more blocks 24 times, including a career-high four blocks on Dec. 2 @ L.A. Lakers…Tallied at least one steal 43 times and had two-or-more steals 13 times, including a career-high four steals on Apr. 3 @ San Antonio…Dished out a career-high six assists twice, the last time on Apr. 7 @ Cleveland… Logged a career-high 47 minutes twice, the last time on Jan. 7 @ Portland…Participated in the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend, tallying 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes...Missed five games due to injury/illness: Missed one game (Mar. 20) due to illness and four games (Mar. 22-29) due to a mild concussion.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Has appeared in 128 regular season games (92 starts) during his NBA career with Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 10.1 ppg., 9.1 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 26.3 minpg….Shot .502 (592-1,180) from the floor during his career…Also appeared in one career playoff game, tallying one point and one rebound in three minutes…2011-12: Played in 51 games (15 starts) during his rookie campaign for Philadelphia, averaging 5.5 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. in 15.9 minpg….Logged three minutes in one playoff game on May 16 vs. Boston, recording one point and one rebound…In 15 starts, averaged 4.3 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. in 14.9 minpg….Ranked among all NBA rookies in rebounding (t-sixth), blocked shots (t-sixth) and field goal percentage (.450, eighth)…Led (or tied) the Sixers in scoring four times and in rebounding nine times…Scored in double figures 11 times, including a season-high 18 points on Feb. 22 @ Houston…Also had three blocked shots in that outing…Missed five games due to injury – once (Jan. 4) due to a left lumbar back strain and four times (Jan. 23-28) due to a left knee quad strain...Had 10 DNP-CDs.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Philadelphia in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft…Traded from Philadelphia to Orlando as part of a four-team, 12 player deal (Aug. 10, 2012).

COLLEGE CAPSULE: Played 87 career games (67 starts) during three seasons at the University of Southern California, averaging 11.1 ppg., 8.0 rpg., 1.1 apg. and 1.09 blkpg. in 27.7 minpg., while shooting .509 (367-721) from the field…As a junior (2010-11), named to the All-Pac 10 First Team and was tabbed All-America Fourth Team by FOXSports.com…Played and started in 34 games, averaging 17.1 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 1.6 apg. and 1.38 blkpg. in 34.9 minpg….Led the Pac-10 in rebounding, while finishing third in points and fourth in blocked shots…Shot .505 (215-426) from the floor…First Trojan to average a double-double since 1994-95, and the first player in school history to capture the Pac-10 rebounding title in consecutive seasons…During his sophomore season (2009-10), played and started in 30 games, averaging 10.7 ppg., a Pac-10-leading 9.4 rpg., 1.2 apg. and 1.30 blkpg. in 32.3 minpg….Named the 2009-10 Pac-10 Most Improved Player…Played in 23 games (three starts) as a freshman (2008-09), averaging 2.6 ppg. and 2.7 rpg. in 11.0 minpg.
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