SLAM MAGAZINE: “Nikola Vucevic still hasn’t been to Disney World. “Haven’t gotten time to,” he says. “[But] my girlfriend is coming down, and she told me I have to take the day, so I don’t have a choice anymore. Now I have to go.”
He’s been busy. The 7-foot big man moved to Orlando this summer after the massive, four-team Dwight Howard trade sent him down to the Magic, and after a decent rookie season in Philly—where he posted 5.5 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 15.9 minutes per—Vucevic’s numbers have improved across the board this year: He’s now dropping 9.9 ppg while pulling down 9.3 boards per outing. Mickey and friends can wait.
SLAM: Your stats are up across the board. What do you credit the success to?
Nikola Vucevic: Well, I get more playing time, so with that I play a little more relaxed, knowing I have some playing time. I’m able to show what I can do. As a rookie, I had limited playing time, and I had to do a lot in a shorter amount of time, so it was harder. And then I just think I improved. Last year I learned a lot about the NBA and got a feel for it. I had ups and downs—some games I played great and some games not as well. I think last year helped me mature a lot. I put a lot of work in in the gym, and my confidence is higher right now because I know I can do it. I’ve had some good games, so that helped my confidence. I try not to think about what I have to do—I just do it.”
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