Nikola Vučević (born October 24, 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Southern California before being drafted 16th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
On August 10, 2012, Vučević was traded to the Orlando Magic in a four-team trade involving Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Arron Afflalo, Andre Iguodala, and other players. On December 31, 2012, in an overtime loss to the Miami Heat, Vučević set a franchise record with 29 rebounds and scored a career-high 20 points. On April 10, 2013, he recorded his second straight 20/20 game with a career-high 30 points and 20 rebounds in a 113–103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
On October 23, 2014, Vučević signed a four-year, $53 million contract extension with the Magic. On April 3, 2015, he scored a career-high 37 points in a 97–84 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 11, 2015, Vučević didn’t start for the Magic against the Los Angeles Lakers, returning to action after a three-game absence with a right knee contusion. Vučević, who had started all 223 games for the Magic over his four-season tenure, came off the bench for the first time and scored 18 points, including a fallaway 18-footer at the buzzer to lift the Magic over the Lakers 101–99.
Career highlights and awards
AP Honorable mention All-American (2011)
First-team All-Pac-10 (2011)
Second-team All-Pac-10 (2010)