Nikola has just put up, again, a very “Vucevic-esque” statline. I might even have to start calling performances like this a “Vucevic”. 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting, a handful of free throws, no threes, no dunks, only a few layups. The “no dunks” part is important, as is the “few layups” part. A true “Vucevic” features a bunch of midrange jumpers mixed in with some post moves, done efficiently but without the aid of the long ball.
I can’t think of any other players who get “Vucevic”s on a regular basis, or even rarely. Anthony Davis maybe? He dunks it too much. Myles Turner? He’s started taking threes. Jonas Valanciunas? Layups. It’s hard to come up with good comparisons for Vucci Mane, and just as hard to find other NBAers who Vooch Out as hard as he does.
It’s a shame he’s been marginalized in Orlando by Bismack Biyombo, because when he’s on, he’s got a really sweet offensive game. I bet he could demand a trade somewhere. Yeah. No reason he should keep wasting away on a team that never gets anywhere.