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Nikola Vucevic Selected 16th By Sixers

Jun 23, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Nikola Vucevic out of USC.

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Nikola Vucevic, center out of USC.

From our pre-draft predictions: Nikola Vucevic, C, USC:

An
enticing prospect for the Sixers namely due to his height—at about
seven feet with a nine-and-a-half-foot standing reach, Vucevic is probably the
longest player in an undersized draft, and of course, the Sixers need
big guys more than just about anything else. Vucevic is a solid player
on both ends of the court, showing a nice touch around the basket and
averaging a block-and-a-half per game in his Junior season at USC. The
main drawback with him, though, is his athleticism—his vertical leap has
been measured as being worse than a good deal of guards in the draft
class, and his lateral foot-speed has been questioned, two qualities
which set off red flags for the guy being a potential stiff. He might
still be worth a dice-roll for a team that occasionally played Thaddeus
Young at center last year, but the lack of athleticism hardly makes him a
natural fit for a team whose identity is centered largely around young
legs.