Could Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic Eventually be a Top-5 NBA Center?

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Apr 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a lot of traits that go into being a top tier NBA center, and for those who have observed enough of Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, it’s noticeable all of those characteristics are present. Vucevic has soft touch around the basket, very good hands, a long frame and great basketball instincts.

Vuc has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, and he reacts very well to defenses when running pick and rolls. Essentially, the talents are already intact with Vucevic to see a path of development that could render him an All-Star reserve on a consistent basis.

While Vucevic hasn’t drawn the attention and respect of all analysts (He was the second-to-last big man selected in the Rising Stars challenge when Shaquille O’Neal and Chuck Barkley held their two-man draft), a lot of that is because the Magic just don’t come on national TV.

Once people get enough of watching the seven-footer and the rest of the Magic’s promising frontcourt, they’ll see Vucevic has all the talent of Marc Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, DeAndre Jordan—and the rest of that second tier of NBA centers who all receive 10-plus million per season.

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