The Orlando Magic have a lot of their future invested in the young core that they’ve assembled over the past few NBA seasons. Tobias Harris looks quite promising as a versatile forward and Victor Oladipo could be the best player from the 2013 draft. However, much of their hope lies in their young center, Nikola Vucevic.
In just his second year in the league last season, Vucevic played and started in 77 games for Orlando and showed a ton of promise. He averaged 13.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and one block in only 33.2 minutes per game while also shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and, as is always important with big men, a respectable 68.3 percent from the foul line.
However, despite the 22-year-old’s promise as a center in the Association, he hasn’t seen the floor much thus far while playing for Montenegro at Eurobasket 2013. Moreover, he’s not exactly been effective when he’s been on the floor.
Vucevic has played just 14 minutes in each of his first two games at Eurobasket and has combined for just 13 points, five rebounds and one block on only 4-13 shooting. For a player that showed as much promise as a starting NBA center, that’s not what you would expect.
However, Magic fans shouldn’t be worried in the least about Vucevic at Eurobasket. The fact is that he’s been limited in both his minutes and his ability because he’s been battling a stomach virus, which I can only imagine is not the most fun thing to deal with while playing competitive basketball.
Vucevic should see more playing time as the tournament rolls on and should be back to his normal self fully by the time training camp is underway. If you’re a fan of this Orlando team and of Vucevic’s there’s no need to worry about what you’ve seen thus far.