Jacque Vaughn knew Nik Vučević could shoot.
That's the impression the Orlando Magic's head coach got from the time he spent watching Vučević before he became his coach. In seeing Vučević play collegiately at USC and in his first NBA season with the Philadelphia 76ers, Vaughn said Wednesday night that he had an idea that the young seven-footer could shoot the ball. What was less clear was that Vučević would develop into a terrific rebounder.
"His ability to get rebounds, to provide a touch around the rim with both hands, has been extremely impressive to me," Vaughn said.
If anyone on the 15-37 Magic is a master of any craft, it's Vučević with his rebounding. At age 22, he's the league's fourth-leading rebounder, hauling in 11.5 boards per game. His 29-rebound effort on New Year's Eve broke Orlando's single-game record formerly held by some guy named Shaquille O'Neal. And Vaughn thinks Vučević can improve.
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