Last season, the Orlando Magic were definitely in the midst of a transition year as they finally — and not regrettably — got rid of the nightmare that was — and still is — center Dwight Howard. Who would replace the big-bodied Howard in the middle? That was the question.
The question was answered quickly as Nikola Vucevic jumped right in and posted 13.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the field. The loss of Howard looked tough at first, but this 22-year old center is making Orlando fans quickly forget about the self-centered big man.
Orlando has a bright future behind Vucevic, and while they may not win soon, he begs to differ. Not only does he have a goal set in mind of winning, but making his first All Star Game.
“That would be a dream come true to make the All-Star Game,’’ Vucevic said Saturday according to NBA.com. “That game is for the best players in this league and that would be huge for me. But I don’t think about that too much.
“My only goal this year is to help this team be a better team. Last year was a bitter season because we didn’t have a lot of wins. We don’t want to be a team that is known for losing. My main goal is to just make this team better this season.,” said Vucevic.
Vucevic sounds like quite the team player — something fans feel is a breath of fresh air after losing Howard a year ago. If Vucevic can improve on last season, I don’t think fans would mind. It was an impressive 2012 for the young center, and 2013 could be even better. Now, if he can lead his team to a few more wins, that would be the ultimate achievement.