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Nikola Vucevic

Scouting Report

By now, it almost reads like a personal ad - European big man who isn't a great athlete and doesn't play above the rim, yet can consistently fill it up from mid-range and has a deft touch around the basket, seeking NBA team in need of role player. That's what Vucevic is and that's a niche he can very easily - and rather immediately - fill for a lot of teams. Vucevic isn't someone like Vladimir Radmanovic who's going to simply camp out at the 3-point line and rarely throw his weight around inside, though. The Montenegrin big man led the Pac-10 in rebounding in both his sophomore and junior seasons at Southern California, a skill that will get him on the floor as fast as anything in the NBA. He's not a great ballhandler but is at least developed enough to bring some semblance of a pull-up game to the table, and he's shown an ability to work well in pick-and-roll situations that get him an open look from 15 to 18 feet. Vucevic, whose father played professionally in Europe for 24 years, still has plenty to work on defensively, but he's capable of becoming at least average on that end. He has outstanding length that allows him to be effective as a shot blocker, though he'll need to add some bulk if he's going to defend power forwards in the post as his frame will require. There's a lot to like about Vucevic despite a few current concerns, and those strengths should get him drafted late in the first or early in the second round.


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