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Nikola Vucevic

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Biography

Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Averaged 14.2 ppg., a team-high 11.0 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.05 stlpg. in 31.8 minpg. (57 games-57 starts)…Shooting a team-high .507 (353-696) from the field. Ranked 25th in FG percentage... Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 30, 2014…In three games, averaged 22.7 ppg., 14.3 rpg., 2.0 apg. 1.00 blkpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 35.3 minpg. while shooting .585 (31-53) from the field... Led (or tied) the team in scoring ten times, in rebounding a team-best 45 times and in assists once... Scored in double figures 46 times and had 20+ points 11 times, including a career-high-tying 30 points on Nov. 6 vs. L.A. Clippers... Tallied double figures in rebounding a team-high 40 times, had 15+ rebounds nine times and 20+ rebounds twice, including a season-high 23 rebounds on Mar. 28 vs. Charlotte... Recorded a team-high 36 double-doubles and had two 20-point/20-rebound outings – 30 points and 21 rebounds on Nov. 6 vs. L.A. Clippers, and 24 points and 23 rebounds on Mar. 28 vs. Charlotte... Recorded at least one steal 40 times and two-or-more steals 14 times, including a season-high three steals six times, the last on Apr. 2 vs. Cleveland... Tallied at least one blocked shot 33 times and two-or-more blocks ten times, including a season-high three blocked shots four times, the last on Feb. 26 @ Philadelphia... Missed 25 total games due to injury…Missed six games (Dec. 3-9, Jan. 2-4) due to a sprained left ankle…Missed 12 games (Jan. 8-28) due to a concussion... Missed seven games (Apr. 4-16) due to a sore left Achilles... Ejected on Mar. 19 @ Phoenix after receiving two technical fouls during the first quarter.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: 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.

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:
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.

PERSONAL:
Full name is Nikola Vucevic...Pronounced KNEE-coal-ah VOOCH-uh-vitch…Prefers to go by ‘Nik’…Born in Switzerland and raised in Belgium, where his father played professional basketball…Father, Borislav, played professionally for 24 years and was a member of the Yugoslavian National Team, playing alongside Drazen Petrovic…Mother played professional basketball in Boston…Family moved to Montenegro when he was a teenager, and he represented Montenegro at the 2009 U-20 European Championship…Attended a year of prep school at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley, CA prior to enrolling at USC.

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