Nikola Vucevic Hopeful Orlando Magic Make Wise Decision With Draft Choice

By John Raffel
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Vucevic is likely to be paying close attention this week when his Orlando Magic find out where they will be selecting in the NBA draft.

The Magic have the best percentages for the first pick but hope to still draft favorably even if they lose that top choice. It would appear that there’s no dominant player, but if they get that No. 1 choice, the Magic can then make their own decision.

Vucevic simply wants more help on the 2013-14 Magic team. He did all be could in his second NBA season, but the Magic were disastrous at 20-62 and had the league’s worst mark. Vucevic played well individually, but since the team struggled it really didn’t matter.

The Magic have declared a youth movement which makes Vucevic happy to some extent. He’s glad that they’re looking for quality players to surround him, but he has to realize that it’s going to take some time. It may be another three or four years before the Magic compete for a playoff spot.

The Magic realize after the season ended that they have the real deal in Vucevic, who averaged 13.1 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

His last three games raised some eyebrows, especially the season finale with the Miami Heat. He saw 37 minutes on the court and was 9-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line for 20 points and 13 rebounds. The game before against the Chicago Bulls he was 6-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line for 17 points in 31 minutes, plus four rebounds. Against the Boston Celtics in the previous game, he had 16 points and 12 boards.

Vucevic can play, but now he’s anxiously waiting to see which players will surround him on the court next season.

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