August 29, 2020, 6:33 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic put up his fourth double-double of the series as the Magic fell to the Bucks in Game 5 on Saturday, compiling 22 points and 15 rebounds, adding five assists, three triples and one steal in 40 minutes.
The Magic were eliminated on Saturday despite the continued efforts of Vucevic who has been clearly their best player. He ends the season as a top-15 player in 9-category leagues and certainly returned solid value considering he was typically drafted at around pick 20 in many drafts. He doesn't have the name value of many others but is a highly consistent option and should maintain this kind of production heading into his 10th season.
August 24, 2020, 4:22 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic put the Magic on his back once again during Monday's Game 4 loss, connecting on a career-high six 3-pointers as part of 31 points to go with 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks in 38 minutes.
Vucevic continues to do all he can for the Magic, having now scored at least 30 points in three of the four playoff games against the Bucks. Over that period he is averaging 29.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.8 triples. The Magic now trail 3-1 in the series and barring a miracle, they will likely be heading home soon despite the efforts of Vucevic.
August 20, 2020, 9:25 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic battled the Bucks by himself on Thursday, posting 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting, to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.
Vucevic really came on in the second half and bullied the Lopez twins. Unfortunately, he scored a third of the Magic points and was one of only two Magic players to knock down half of his shots. The Bucks defense clearly decided that if the Magic were going to win, Vucevic was going to do it by himself.
August 18, 2020, 4:16 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic dropped the best playoff performance of his career during Tuesday's 122-110 victory, finishing with 35 points including five triples to go with 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes.
Vucevic topped all scorers as the Magic caused a boilover against the highly-fancied Bucks. This is nothing new for the Magic who also managed a Game 1 victory over the Raptors during the 2018-19 playoffs. While the offensive production was fantastic, Vucevic also limited Brook Lopez to just five points on 2-of-9 shooting. He will need to be at his best again on Thursday if the Magic are to continue on their winning ways.
August 13, 2020, 11:56 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic shot a near-perfect 10-for-11 from the field for 23 points on Thursday, powering the Magic to a 133-127 win over the Pelicans in their season finale.
Vucevic is in full playoff mode and if tonight's performance is any indication, the Magic will be leaning on him heavily to bear the brunt of the scoring load. He also added six rebounds, three treys, three assists and one steal to round out his line for the night.
August 13, 2020, 8:04 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz is starting Thursday's game against the Pelicans in place of D.J. Augustin.
Fultz will replace Augustin in a meaningless contest for both sides and could have some appeal as an emergency daily play. The Magic are going with a rag-tag lineup with Fultz joined by Wes Iwundu, Gary Clark, James Ennis and Nikola Vucevic.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 4:12 pmKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch had his best game in quite a while, putting up 12 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes to go with two assists and two steals during Tuesday's 108-96 loss to the Nets.
With Nikola Vucevic limited to just 21 minutes, Birch came through with the goods for those lucky enough to have him on their roster. He came within one rebound of his first double-double of the season while also contributing on the defensive end with a pair of steals. This is certainly about as good as it gets for Birch and he is typically nothing more than a cheap source of boards on most nights.
August 9, 2020, 9:04 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vučević could not guide the Magic to a win over the Celtics on Sunday, as he finished with 26 points (11-of-27 FG), 11 rebounds, three triples (3-of-11 3PT) and two turnovers.
It wasn't Vučević's steadiest performance but he did pour in 26 points, and he clearly was getting some nice looks from deep to launch 11 3-pointers. A .477 shooter from the field on the season, Vučević will be better whenever he next plays. With the Magic looking at an eighth-place finish in the East, he could be heading for a rest day down the stretch.
August 7, 2020, 9:44 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic double-doubled in Friday's loss to the Sixers, dropping 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting, adding 12 rebounds, three assists, two 3s and one steal to the box score.
This was a welcome line from Vucevic, who is coming off a 12-point outing vs. the Raptors on Wednesday. He's still flirting with top-25 value on the season and should average out around that range, game-to-game volatility notwithstanding.
August 5, 2020, 11:11 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic struggled in a 99-109 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday, scoring 12 points (4-of-10 from the field) with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and one three in 33 minutes.
Vucevic had an off night after posting back-to-back 20 and 10 games heading into Wednesday. His next game is a tough matchup vs. Joel Embiid and the Sixers, so expect another sub-par night for Vucevic.
August 2, 2020, 10:19 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vučević was a beast against the Kings on Sunday in a 132-116 victory, totaling 23 points (9-of-14 FG), 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists and two steals over just 24 minutes.
Vučević had his way with the Kings, and the Magic have now won five straight games as they seek to close in on a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Vučević is a huge part of that success, and he is shaping up to be a top-20 option for the ROS.
July 31, 2020, 5:09 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vučević guided the Magic to a 128-118 victory over the Nets on Friday, going for 22 points (5-of-5 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting from the field.
Vučević stepped right back into the swing of things, and the points were flying up-and-down the roster against a porous Nets defense. He remains an early-round asset as the Magic seek to finalize their slot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
July 31, 2020, 1:32 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
The Magic will start Nikola Vučević, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and D.J. Augustin for Friday's matchup against the Nets.
This means that Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz will come off the bench for the Magic's first game of the resumption season, if they indeed play. Both Isaac and Fultz are stay-aways in DFS as they are unlikely to see a full complement of minutes.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
July 22, 2020, 5:31 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
In a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, Nikola Vučević and Aaron Gordon both saw 20 minutes of action and Vuć led the team with 18 points and 10 boards.
Vuć appears ready for the restart as he shot 8-of-13 from the field while hitting 2-of-5 from distance. He added three assists and one turnover in the scrimmage and should continue to operate as the team's leading scorer once the games count.
July 16, 2020, 8:22 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic took a slight step back in the abridged 2019-20 fantasy season, but still managed to be a top-20 player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis.
Vucevic took a slight step back in scoring at 19.5 points per game (1.3 points less than 2018), shooting efficiency at 47% (4.8% less than 2018) and rebounds at 11.0 per contest (1.0 less than 2018). There were also slight decreases in defensive stats. However, Vuc did take a step forward as a shooter, knocking down 1.5 triples per game and pushed his turnover number down to 1.4. On top of that, Vucevic did miss 11 games at the tail end of November with a sprained ankle. We have a well-established and reliable baseline for what Vucevic is and that should continue through his time in Orlando while they wait for Mo Bamba to grow into the future.