Vučević with the Magic
|No. 9 – Orlando Magic|
|League||National Basketball Association|
October 24, 1990 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (213 cm)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Stoneridge Preparatory
(Simi Valley, California)
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2011||Budućnost Podgorica (Montenegro)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Nikola Vučević (pronounced [nǐkɔla ʋûːtʃɛʋitɕ]; born October 24, 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball center with the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 16th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played college basketball for the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans.
Vučević was born in Morges, Switzerland and then raised primarily in Belgium where his father, Borislav, played professional basketball. Borislav played professionally for 24 years and was a member of the Yugoslav national team, as well as of the KK Bosna team which won the European Champions Cup in 1979. Nikola's mother, Ljiljana, was a 6-foot-2 forward for the Sarajevo club Zeljeznicar as well as for the Yugoslavia national team. His family moved to Montenegro when he was a teenager. He was named Montenegro's Best Young Player in 2007.
Vučević came to Simi Valley, California from his native Montenegro in October 2007 to play his senior year of high school at Stoneridge Prep. He came to the U.S. knowing little English, but did speak French, which many of his teammates also spoke. Under coach Babacar Sy, who was an old friend of his father's, he was team captain and led the team in scoring and rebounding with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Vučević missed the first eight games of the season while waiting to have his amateur status confirmed by the NCAA Clearinghouse. He averaged 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 23 games in three starts. Vučević played in his first game with USC on December 15, 2008, against Pepperdine and had two points, two blocks, and two rebounds in six minutes. He made his first start of the season on January 24, 2009, at Washington State and was instrumental in the Trojans' 46–44 win with a season-high eight points and five rebounds. He also scored eight points on February 9, 2009, at UCLA and in his second start of the season on February 19 against Washington State. Vučević had a season-best seven rebounds in that game and matched that total on March 5, 2009, vs. Oregon. Nikola scored six points and had four rebounds in the NCAA second-round loss to Michigan State on March 22. In all, he made 57.8 percent of his shots from the field (26-for-45).
Vučević began to excel in his sophomore season. He scored 18 points and had eight rebounds in the first game of the season against UC Riverside on November 17, 2009, both totals better than any of his freshman games. Vučević had 18 points and 14 rebounds at Texas on December 3, 2009. He scored a career-high 19 points and had 11 rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount on November 21, 2009, for his first career double-double. Matched his career high with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting at UCLA on January 16, 2010, scoring 17 points in the second half. By the end of the year, he led USC in scoring five times and in rebounding 20 times, including the last nine games.
Overall, he was the second top scorer and the best rebounder on the Trojans, with 10.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. HeVučević led the Pac-10 with 283 rebounds and offensive rebounds per game (6.3) and his 39 blocks were the fourth most in the conference. Vučević's .504 shooting percentage (126-for-250) led USC and was seventh best in the Pac-10. Vučević was named the 2009–10 Pac-10 Most Improved Player. He had the second most blocks ever in a season by a Trojan sophomore and the third most rebounds. Vučević started all 30 games for USC and posted 10 double-doubles.
As a junior, he was picked to the Fourth Team All-America by Fox Sports and was named to the All-Pac-10 first team. In March 2011, Vučević announced that he would give up his senior year to be submitted to the NBA Draft. The website NBAdraft.net projected him as the 23rd pick in the draft.
During his tenure with the Trojans, Vučević averaged 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Vučević was drafted with the 16th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers on June 23, 2011. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Vučević played for Budućnost Podgorica in Montenegro. He signed with the 76ers on December 9, 2011 for the 2011–12 NBA season. On February 4, 2012, Vučević scored a career high 15 points against the Atlanta Hawks.
On December 31, 2012, Vučević set an Orlando Magic team record in rebounds with 29 in a 112-110 overtime loss to the Miami Heat.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Vučević represented Montenegro Under-20 team at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He then represented the senior Montenegro national basketball team at FIBA EuroBasket 2011 and FIBA EuroBasket 2013. He averaged 5.0 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2011 while backing up Nikola Pekovic. With Pekovic out of the 2013 tournament, Vučević started for the team and put up 7.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game.
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