Nikola Vucevic Helping Expedite Orlando Magic’s Rebuild

January 13th, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Of the principal pieces dealt in the 2012 summer blockbuster among the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, Nikola Vucevic is the only one still paying dividends for the team that traded for him.  

Andrew Bynum's out of basketball, Dwight Howard's living comfortably with the Houston Rockets, Andre Iguodala has assumed a reserve role for the Golden State Warriors, and Arron Afflalo has been shipped back to the Rocky Mountains from whence he came. 

Rather quietly, though, Vucevic has become one of the league's most efficient and productive centers, a claim illuminated by dominant outings against the Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls. 

After holding his own against LaMarcus Aldridge last Saturday to the tune of a career-high 34 points and 16 rebounds, the USC product went toe-to-toe with Pau Gasol, totaling 33 points (16-of-24 shooting), 11 rebounds and four assists in Orlando's 121-114 win over the Chicago Bulls Monday night.

His signature performance was punctuated by this diabolical slam on the Spaniard: 

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