Nikola Vucevic's Rebounding Supremacy Makes Orlando Magic More Competitive

By John Raffel
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Vucevic has only been in the NBA two seasons. But he’s rebounding so well that he could almost be a role model for other players across the league.

That just shows what a phenomenal rebounding season he’s been having for the Orlando Magic. His control of the boards continues to be incredible.

Vucevic has been drawing praise throughout the last few weeks for his performance, but he keeps getting better. His last three games, in some challenging circumstances, might be his finest of the season.

It started early last week in a 91-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, when Vucevic went 42 minutes and shot 10-of-20 from the floor for 21 points. But he also had 21 rebounds for a rare 20-20 moment and he also had six assists.

But three days later at home against the Milwaukee Bucks, Vucevic didn’t miss a beat. In a 113-103 upset win over the Bucks, he saw 40 minutes and was 14-of-26 from the floor for 30 points and 20 rebounds plus five assists and two more shot blocks.

Those two games also made Vucevic look like an All-Star which he night be in future years. But in Saturday’s 120-88 loss to the Boston Celtics, he wasn’t able to match those two games in 29 minutes of action. He scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds with two assists. Vucevic was a joy to watch and will probably continue his play for the rest of season on that level.

He’s not showing any signs of slowing down.




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