#9 Center

Nikola Vucevic

Height / Weight
6' 10" / 260 lbs
Born
Oct 24, 1990 (31)
College
USC
NBA Draft
1st Round, 16th Overall, 2011
Nationality
Montenegrin
SEASON STATS
2021-2022
PTS
17.6
-5.8
Rebounds
11.0
-0.7
Assists
3.2
-0.6
PER
21.44
-6.03
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Nikola Vucevic
Nickname: Vooch
Place of Birth: Morges, Switzerland
Education: USC
Parents: Ljiljana and Borislav Vucevic
Spouse: Nikoleta Pavlovic

Nikola Vucevic Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Nikola Vucevic was born on October 24, 1990, in Morges, Switzerland. He was born to Ljiljana and Borislav Vucevic alongside his sister. His father played professional basketball in Europe for 24 years. His mother also played professionally in Bosnia as well as for the Yugoslavian national team. Even though he was very dependent on his mother and sister, Montenegrin moved to Southern California for his senior year in high school. He believed this would give him the best chance to play in the NBA.

Vucevic moved to Simi Valley, California for his senior year of high school. He played for Stoneridge Prep. Vucevic then went on to play for the University of Southern California Trojans. He played three years for the Trojans before entering the 2011 NBA Draft. Vucevic was selected 16th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Due to the lockout, Vucevic played for a Montenegrin team Buducnost Podgorica. He did return to the 76ers later that year. Nikola was then traded to the Orlando Magic in 2012. Nikola Vucevic is currently a member of the Orlando Magic in the NBA.

Nikola Vucevic Basketball Career

High School Career (Stoneridge Preparatory)

In hopes of playing college basketball and reaching the NBA, Nikola Vucevic moved to Simi Valley, California in October of 2007. He moved to California to play his senior year at an American high school. Vucevic plate for Stoneridge Prep. He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds per game in his only year at the school. At the time he knew very little English, but he was fluent in French which many of his teammates were able to speak. 

College Career (USC Trojans)

After his one season at an American high school, Vucevic went on to play for the University of Southern California Trojans. He played three seasons for the Trojans. Vucevic’s college career did not start as he planned, as he was forced to miss the first eight games of the year while awaiting his status to be confirmed by the NCAA clearinghouse. After being deemed eligible, Vucevic went on to average 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 23 games during his freshman year. 

During his sophomore year, Vucevic began to show promise. In his first game of the season, he tallied 18 points and eight rebounds against UC Riverside on November 17, 2009. He had a much better year while averaging 10.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He also led the Pac-10 with 283 rebounds. Subsequently, he was named the Pac-10 Most Improved Player. After showing more improvement in his junior year, Vucevic was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Following his junior year, Vucevic declared for the 2011 NBA Draft.

NBA Career

Nikola Vucevic was selected 16th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers on June 23, 2011. Vucevic was drafted during the NBA lockout year, but this did not stop him from playing basketball. While awaiting his return to the NBA, Vucevic played for Montenegrin team Buducnost Podgorica. Following the end of the lockout, Vucevic returned to the Philadelphia 76ers. The best game of his rookie campaign came with an 18 point outing against the Houston Rockets. 

After one year with the 76ers, Vucevic was traded to the Orlando Magic. On August 10, 2012, the Magic obtained Nikola Vucevic in a four-team trade involving Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Aaron Afflalo, Andre Iguodala, and more. Vucevic began to show an instant impact for the Magic. On December 31, 2012, Vucevic set an Orlando Magic record with 29 rebounds against the Miami Heat. In the following season, 2013-14, Vucevic continued to expand his game. On November 6, 2013, he tallied 30 points and 21 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers. At the end of the 2013-14 season, he had already recorded six 20 point and 20 rebound games in his career. 

In the 2014-15 season, the Magic extended Vucevic with a four-year $53 million contract. He immediately showed his worth by posting 37 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 3, 2015. Over the following seasons, Vucevic continued to improve. He was slowly becoming an NBA superstar. On April 10, 2017, he passed Shaquille O’Neal for second place in Orlando Magic history for rebounding. 

On October 20, 2017, Vucevic tallied a career-high 41 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds against the Brooklyn Nets. Later in the year, he became the first Orlando Magic center to record a triple-double with assists. Vucevic recorded a second triple-double on October 20, 2018. In this 2018-19 season, Vucevic helped the Magic reach their first playoffs since 2012. They lost in the first round to the Toronto Raptors. In 2019, Vucevic reached his first NBA All-Star team. The Orlando Magic re-signed the unrestricted free agent on June 30, 2019, to a four-year, $100 million deal.

Nikola Vucevic Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Nikola Vucevic’s current net worth is unknown. Throughout his 9 seasons in the NBA, he has earned $84,088,639. He is currently on a 4-year $100,000,00 deal with the Orlando Magic. This contract pays him an average salary of $25,000,000 per year. This contract tops his previous contract of 4-years $53 million in 2015. His previous rookie deal was 4-years, $7,588,639. His current endorsement deals are unknown.

Nikola Vucevic signed a 4-year, $7.6 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011. 

Nikola Vucevic signed a 4-year, $53 million deal with the Orlando Magic in 2015. 

Nikola Vucevic signed a 4-year, $100 million deal with the Orlando Magic in 2019.

Nikola Vucevic Personal Life

Nikola Vucevic was born in Morges, Switzerland. He was born to Ljiljana and Borislav Vucevic alongside his sister. His father played professional basketball in Europe for 24 years. His mother also played professionally in Bosnia as well as for the Yugoslavian national team. Nikola claims that he was very dependent on his mother and sister. He says that they did everything for him, including his laundry. However, Montenegrin moved to Southern California for his senior year in high school in order to get a chance to play college basketball and reach the NBA. Nikola is married to Nikoleta Pavlovic and they share a son Filip.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x NBA All-Star
2019
Awards and Honors by Year:
2019
NBA All-Star

Nikola Vucevic Fun Facts

  • He reached his first NBA All-Star game in 2019.
  • He does a lot of things with his left hand outside of basketball, which helps him use his left hand for basketball.
  • Vucevic does not like it when Magic fans call him Vucci Mane, a play on the rapper’s name Gucci Mane. Instead, he likes the nickname Vooch.
  • Vucevic is a big Harry Potter fan.
Career stats
2021-2022
CHI
2020-2021
CHI
2019-2020
ORL
2018-2019
ORL
2017-2018
ORL
2016-2017
ORL
2015-2016
ORL
2014-2015
ORL
2013-2014
ORL
2012-2013
ORL
2011-2012
PHI
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2021-2022
73 33.1 47.3 31.4 76.0 11.0 3.2 1.0 1.0 17.6
2020-2021
70 33.5 47.7 39.9 84.0 11.7 3.8 0.7 0.9 23.4
2019-2020
62 32.2 47.7 33.9 78.4 10.8 3.6 0.8 0.9 19.6
2018-2019
80 31.4 51.8 36.4 78.9 12.0 3.8 1.1 1.0 20.8
2017-2018
57 29.5 47.5 31.4 81.9 9.2 3.4 1.1 1.0 16.5
2016-2017
75 28.8 46.8 30.3 66.9 10.4 2.8 1.0 1.0 14.6
2015-2016
65 31.3 51.0 22.2 75.3 8.8 2.8 1.1 0.8 18.2
2014-2015
74 34.2 52.3 33.3 75.2 10.9 2.0 0.7 0.7 19.3
2013-2014
57 31.8 50.7 0.0 76.6 11.0 1.8 0.8 1.1 14.2
2012-2013
77 33.2 51.9 0.0 68.3 11.9 1.9 1.0 0.8 13.1
2011-2012
53 15.9 44.3 44.4 52.9 4.7 0.7 0.7 0.4 5.4
Recent Games
Wed 4/27
Sun 4/24
Fri 4/22
Wed 4/20
Sun 4/17
Fri 4/8
Wed 4/6
Tue 4/5
Sat 4/2
Thu 3/31
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Wed 4/27
L 100-116
36 19 2 14 16 6 0 2 3
Sun 4/24
L 119-95
38 11 1 9 10 2 0 1 0
Fri 4/22
L 111-81
30 19 0 6 6 3 0 1 0
Wed 4/20
W 114-110
36 24 3 10 13 2 1 0 2
Sun 4/17
L 86-93
38 24 8 9 17 3 1 2 3
Fri 4/8
L 133-117
22 6 1 4 5 3 0 0 1
Wed 4/6
L 117-94
25 13 1 6 7 1 1 0 4
Tue 4/5
L 127-106
26 7 1 5 6 3 1 0 2
Sat 4/2
L 127-109
31 12 2 8 10 5 0 1 0
Thu 3/31
W 130-135
39 22 5 9 14 1 0 0 2