Nikola Vucevic's Rebounding Strength Boosts Orlando Magic

By John Raffel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Vucevic has discovered that the more shots he puts up, the more successful of a basketball player he is for the Orlando Magic.

He just wishes it would also translate into more wins.

The second-year center continues to put up good numbers for the Magic, who haven’t been playing bad basketball but also haven’t been doing enough to win.

The Magic only had two wins apiece in January, February and March and wouldn’t mind more wins this month although there’s fewer games as the regular season comes an end midway in the month.

Vucevic is definitely a keeper for the franchise with his averages of 12.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He’s been playing steady basketball and has proven himself to be a capable and reliable NBA player. It’s a matter of having the supporting cast that could complement his efforts and help the Magic win some games. His most recent game, which featured 39 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks, was a strong one with 8-of-17 shooting in 39 minutes for 17 points and 15 rebounds. He shot 8-of-17 from the floor.

His work on the boards has especially been impressive lately. He’s been in double figures the last six games in a row and had four games between 14 and 17 boards. He’s also been doing that against some of the best teams in the NBA.

Vucevic has shown he’s not afraid to mix it up inside. That’s what’s making him a valuable commodity for the Magic. Despite the team’s troubles, he’s still maintained the poise and desire to play well and hasn’t let any type of frustration settle into his play. That’s what continues to make him a quality NBA player despite performing on one of the worst teams in the league.

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