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Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
Position: C
Born: 10/24/90
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $11,750,000
Many of Orlando’s players spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning hurriedly trying to learn about hurricane preparedness and readying their families for the days ahead. “My wife is there and I was reading on Twitter (about Hurricane Matthew) and I was telling her to go out and get groceries, water and food,’’ said Magic center Nikola Vucevic, who has never had to prepare for a hurricane even though he’s lived in Orlando for 4 ½ years. “She was like, `Ahhhhhhh,’ but I told her to not worry and (get prepared) just in case. Actually, it doesn’t feel comfortable that a hurricane could hit. I’ve never been through it, so I don’t know what to expect.’’
Vogel: I think positions still matter in today’s NBA. But he’s comfortable playing both. You’re correct in your assessment that he’s going to be playing mostly small forward on this team. That’s something I’m excited about because I’ve always been able to build some really solid defenses, and the foundation of those teams was defensive length and athleticism. This is what we’re going to have with this club, with either Vuc or Bismack Biyombo at the five and Serge Ibaka at the four and Aaron Gordon at the three, you’ve got a really long, athletic front court, which I think is necessary if you want to be a great defensive team.
Magic executives and coach Frank Vogel expect Biyombo to thrive as leader, which is a reason why the team signed him to a four-year deal worth $17 million per season. The massive contract shocked many people within the league, partly because the Magic roster already included Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic. But Magic officials think Biyombo, 24, is about to blossom and will provide passion and toughness. “He’s a defensive beast,” Vogel said.
Everyone is saying the right things – so far. “We all got to help each other to get better,” Biyombo said. “But for me, the most important thing is to win a ballgame. Whatever I can do, whatever we can do, to win a game, then we’re going to go for it.” Vucevic said: “We have to accept the challenge and go against each other in a healthy way. It will only make our team better and each of us as players better.”