|2011 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 16th overall by Philadelphia.|
|22nd August, 2011||Montenegro||Signed for the duration of the NBA lockout with Buducnost.|
|7th December, 2011||Montenegro||Left Buducnost.|
|9th December, 2011||NBA||Signed four year, $7,909,700 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team options for 2013/14 and 2014/15.|
|10th August, 2012||NBA||As a part of a four team deal, traded by Philadelphia to Orlando, along with Mo Harkless and a 2015 first round pick (#5, 2017, De'Aaron Fox), and along with Andre Iguodala to Denver, in exchange for Jason Richardson from Orlando and Andrew Bynum from the L.A. Lakers.|
|27th October, 2012||NBA||Orlando exercised 2013/14 team option.|
|26th October, 2013||NBA||Orlando exercised 2014/15 team option.|
|23rd October, 2014||NBA||Signed a four year, $48 million extension with Orlando.|
|2005 - 2007||KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro)|
|2007 - 2008||Stoneridge Prep (High School)|
|2008 - 2011||USC (NCAA)|
|August 2011 - December 2011||Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro)|
|December 2011 - August 2012||Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)|
|August 2012 - present||Orlando Magic (NBA)|
June 29, 2017
C, 7’0, 260lbs, 26 years old, 6 years of experience
This year was the year Vucevic started shooting threes, and while it was not a Marc Gasol (or even Pau Gasol) level of breakout, 23-75 shooting from beyond the arc is a decent start. 42% on 20 footers versus 31% on 25 footers, etc. A true shooting percentage of .495% is pretty terrible for a centre and his worst since his rookie season. Yet if Vooch is not going to go to the line (or make them) or attack contact around the basket, and is going to drop soft hooks and mid-range jumpers anyway, he may as well take them from further out. Elsewhere, his 31.3% defensive rebounding rate was an excellent fifth in the league, and while he will never be a rim protector or fleet-of-foot defender of switches, he rotated better this year, kept his hands up, and improved around the basket. So that’s something.
Player Plan: Two years and $25 million remaining. Decent salary for decent production, although to extend his career beyond being a backup rebounding specialist, those twos need to become threes. Then he’ll become very valuable, both in trade and tree agency. Keep for now, but take trade calls, and if he starts shooting threes on high volume, shop him hard.
June 25, 2011
Pick 16: - The Sixers take Nikola Vucevic from USC, whose stock skyrocketed when he was measured - seemingly for the first time in four years - and found to be absolutely bloody enormous. Measuring in at a well built 7'0 tall, Vucevic is up there with Valanciunas and Kanter as the biggest player in the draft, as well as being amongst the most skilled bigs available.
With his selection out of the way, this draft just ran out of centres.
Vucevic kisses a couple of men on his way to the podium, the complete opposite of the Vesely approach. All draftees should heartily tongue a lady friend on their way to the podium. If they didn't bring one, they should heartily tongue Jan Vesely's lady friend instead.
June 21, 2011
Nikola Vucevic - Vucevic was covered to some degree here, and whilst he played only one game after that post was written, he has nonetheless seem his draft stock grow on account of his favourable measurements. Rare is the day that a player is in fact bigger than they are listed, but Vooch - commonly listed at 6'10 and 220 - measured at the combine to be 7'0 and 260 with a 7'5 wingspan. If you were asked to choose the ideal centre size, it'd be about there. This, combined with the inside/outside offensive game, fine rebounding and sufficient defensive skillset that he had long since demonstrated, has made him a first rounder. Before he became a jumpshooting specialist as he aged, a younger Mehmet Okur was much like this.
March 15, 2011