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2017-18 SEASON: Played and started in 57 games with Orlando, averaging 16.5 ppg., a team-high 9.2 rpg., 3.4 apg. and 1.09 blkpg. in 29.5 minpg.…Led (or tied) the team in scoring 16 times, in rebounding a team-best 37 times and in assists five times…Scored in double figures 50 times, had 20+ points 18 times and 30+ points three times, including a career-high 41 points on Oct. 20 @ Brooklyn (17-22 FG, 6-8 3FG)...Became the 12th player in Magic history to score 40+ points in a game and just the fourth player (O’Neal, McGrady, Howard) to record 40+ points and 10+ rebounds in a game…Had team-high 29 double-doubles…Pulled down 10+ rebounds 29 times, including a season-high 17 rebounds on Dec. 8 vs. Denver…Passed Shaquille O’Neal (228) for second-most 10+ rebound games in Magic history on Dec. 13 vs. L.A. Clippers…Tallied his first career triple-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists on Dec. 9 @ Atlanta…Recorded at least one blocked shot 35 times and had two-or-more blocked shots 19 times, including a season-high four blocked shots on Dec. 6 vs. Atlanta and Dec. 8 vs. Denver…Recorded at least one steal 32 times and had two-or-more steals 15 times, including a career-high-tying four steals three times, the last on Mar. 14 vs. Milwaukee…Passed Shaquille O’Neal (5,522) for seventh on the Magic’s all-time field goals attempted list on Mar. 13 @ San Antonio…Passed Anfernee Hardaway (2,542) for sixth on the Magic’s all-time field goals made list on Nov. 8 vs. New York…Passed Nick Anderson (338) for fifth on the Magic’s all-time blocked shots list…Passed Scott Skiles (11,940) for ninth on the Magic’s all-time minutes played list on Dec. 9 @ Atlanta…Passed Darrell Armstrong (5,898) for ninth on the Magic’s all-time scoring list on Dec. 3 @ New York…Passed Shaquille O’Neal (1,053) on the Magic’s all-time personal fouls list on Feb. 28 vs. Toronto…Passed J.J. Redick (396) for tenth on the Magic’s all-time games played list on Mar. 22 vs. Philadelphia…Missed 24 total games due to injury: missed 23 games (Dec. 26-Feb. 14) due to a fractured second metacarpal on his left hand and one game (Apr. 6) due to low back tightness…Also did not play once (Apr. 4) due to rest.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Appeared in 456 regular season games (395 starts) during his NBA career with Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 14.8 ppg., 9.8 rpg. and 2.2 apg. in 29.8 minpg….Has 225 career double-doubles…Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week once (period ending Mar. 30, 2014)…Also appeared in one career playoff game, tallying one point and one rebound in three minutes…
2016-17: Appeared in 75 games (55 starts) with Orlando, averaging 14.6 ppg., a team-high 10.4 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.01 stlpg. in 28.8 minpg.…As a starter, averaged 14.7 ppg., 10.8 rpg., 2.7 apg. and 1.04 stlpg. in 29.1 minpg….Tied for 11th in the NBA in rebounding, ranked 15th in double-doubles and tied for 33rd in blocked shots (0.99 blkpg.)…Led (or tied) the team in scoring 19 times, in rebounding a team-best 45 times and in assists ten times…Scored in double figures 62 times, had 20+ points 26 times and 30+ points once...Had team-high 38 double-doubles…Pulled down 10+ rebounds 45 times…Moved into second place on the Magic’s all-time rebounding list on Apr. 10 @ Chicago, passing Shaquille O’Neal (3,691)…Recorded at least one blocked shot 46 times and had two-or-more blocked shots 19 times…Recorded at least one steal 48 times and had two-or-more steals 21 times…Missed seven total games due to injury - missed three games (Dec. 10-14) due to a sore low back and four games (Mar. 5-10) due to a sore right Achilles…
2015-16: Played in 65 games (60 starts) with Orlando, averaging a team-high 18.2 ppg., a team-high 8.9 rpg., 2.8 apg. and a team-high 1.08 blkpg. in 31.3 minpg., while shooting a team-high .510 (533-1,046) from the floor…As a starter, averaged 17.8 ppg., 8.9 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.07 blkpg. in 31.8 minpg….Ranked 19th in the NBA in rebounding, 20th in FG percentage, tied for 28th in scoring and ranked 34th in blocked shots…Led (or tied) the team in scoring a team-best 28 times, in rebounding a team-best 29 times and in assists five times…Scored in double figures 61 times, had 20+ points 25 times and 30+ points once...Hit the game-winning jumper as time expired on Nov. 11 vs. L.A. Lakers and Feb. 7 vs. Atlanta...Scored 20+ points in seven consecutive games from Dec. 18-30…Averaged 19.4 ppg., 9.0 rpg. and 3.5 apg. during the month of December, joining Shaquille O’Neal as only Magic players ever to average 17+ ppg., 9+ rpg. and 3+ apg. in any calendar month…Recorded his 4,000th career NBA point in the second quarter on Dec. 28 vs. New Orleans…Had team-high 29 double-doubles…Had 12 20+ point/10+ rebound contests…Recorded at least one blocked shot 42 times and had two-or-more blocked shots 18 times, including a career-high six blocked shots on Jan. 22 vs. Charlotte…Recorded at least one steal 38 times and had two-or-more steals 13 times…Missed 17 total games due to injury - missed three games (Nov. 6-9) due to a bone bruise, right knee, 13 games (Mar. 7-29) due to a strained right groin and one game (Apr. 11) due to a sore right leg…
2014-15: Played and started in 74 games with Orlando, averaging a team-high and career-high 19.3 ppg., a team-high 10.9 rpg. and 2.0 apg. in a career-high 34.2 minpg., while shooting a team-high .523 (631-1,206) from the floor…Ranked fifth in the NBA in double-doubles, sixth in rebounding, ninth in FG percentage, tied for 16th in scoring and tied for 25th in minutes played…Led (or tied) the team in scoring 25 times, in rebounding a team-best 53 times and in assists twice…Scored in double figures a team-high 73 times, had 20+ points 30 times and 30+ points six times…Hit pair of game-tying free throws to force overtime with 11.9 seconds left on Nov. 7 vs. Minnesota…Tallied 10+ rebounds 45 times, 15+ rebounds 11 times and 20+ rebounds once…Recorded a career-high-tying 18 defensive rebounds on Oct. 28 @ New Orleans…Recorded a team-high 45 double-doubles…Recorded at least one blocked shot 40 times and two-or-more blocks nine times…Recorded at least one steal 39 times and two-or-more steals 12 times…Missed eight games due to injury: missed two games (Dec. 2-3) due to back spasms, four games (Dec. 5-12) due to a low back sprain and two games (Mar. 6-8) due to a sore left ankle…
2013-14: Appeared and started in 57 games with Orlando, averaging 14.2 ppg., a team-high 11.0 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.05 stlpg. in 31.8 minpg….Shot a team-high .507 (353-696) from the floor…Ranked 25th in the NBA in field goal percentage…Named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 30, 2014, after averaging 22.7 ppg., 14.3 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.00 blkpg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 35.3 minpg., while shooting .585 (31-530 from the field in three outings…Led (or tied) the Magic in scoring ten times, in rebounding a team-best 45 times and in assists once…Scored in double figures 46 times, had 20-plus points 11 times and 30-plus points once…Pulled down 10-plus rebounds 40 times, 15-plus boards nine times and 20-plus rebounds twice…Recorded a team-high 36 double-doubles, including two 20-point/20-rebound efforts…Recorded at least one blocked shot 33 times and had two-or-more blocks ten times…Tallied at least one steal 40 times and had two-or-more steals 14 times…Ejected on Mar. 19 @ Phoenix after receiving two technical fouls…Missed 25 total games due to injury - six games (Dec. 3-9, Jan. 2-4) due to a sprained left ankle, 12 games (Jan. 8-28) due to a concussion and seven games (Apr. 4-16) due to a sprained left Achilles…
2012-13: Played and started in a career-high 77 games with Orlando, averaging 13.1 ppg., a team-high and career-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…Finished fourth in voting for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award…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, had 20-plus points ten times and 30-plus points once…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…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…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-6th), blocked shots (T-6th) and field goal percentage (.450, 8th)…Led (or tied) the Sixers in scoring four times and in rebounding nine times…Scored in double figures 11 times…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).
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.
Full name is Nikola Vučević...Pronounced KNEE-coal-ah VOOCH-uh-vitch…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…Participated with “Team World” during first-ever NBA game played in Africa, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Aug. 1, 2015…Delivered gifts and visited with pediatric patients at Florida Hospital for Children in 2015 and 2016…Served Thanksgiving breakfast to residents at the Coalition for the Homeless in 2016…During the 2016 holidays, took youth from the Central Florida Boys & Girls Clubs on a shopping spree, in conjunction with Pepsi…Visited young patients at Florida Hospital for Children to spread some holiday cheer in 2016…Assisted the Magic and UnitedHealthcare staff in assembling 12,500 Hi-Five Kids Packs for Second Harvest Food Bank in spring of 2017…Enjoys listening to house/techno music…Would like to have a career in broadcasting when his playing days are over…Fan of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles…You can follow him on Twitter: @NikolaVucevic.