2015-16 SEASON: 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, including a season-high 35 points on Feb. 23 @ Philadelphia...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 point in the second quarter on Dec. 28 vs. New Orleans…Had team-high 29 double-doubles…Had 12 20+ point/10+ rebound contests…Dished out a career-high seven assists on Dec. 28 vs. New Orleans and Jan. 31 vs. Boston…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, including a season-high three steals on Dec. 26 vs. Miami and Mar. 4 vs. Phoenix…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.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Appeared in 324 regular season games (283 starts) during his NBA career with Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 14.5 ppg., 9.8 rpg. and 1.9 apg. in 30.1 minpg….Shot .511 (2,109-4,128) from the floor during his career…Has 158 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.
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, including a career-high 37 points (and 17 rebounds) on Apr. 3 @ Minnesota…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, including a season-high 23 rebounds on Oct. 28 @ New Orleans…Recorded a career-high-tying 18 defensive rebounds in that game…Recorded a team-high 45 double-doubles…Dished out a career-high seven assists on Dec. 26 vs. Cleveland…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 (30 points and 21 rebounds on Nov. 6 vs. L.A. Clippers; 24 points and 23 rebounds on Mar. 28 vs. Charlotte)…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).
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.
ONE-ON-ONE: 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…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.