Commentary

Nikola Vucevic should study ...

Here's a veteran the Sixers' rookie forward should seek to emulate

Originally Published: April 13, 2012
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.

Earlier this season, Vucevic seemed to be the steal of the first round. But then the book on him got passed around -- he doesn't like contact and wants to float outside.

He's not an iron man like Pekovic, who is probably the strongest big man playing today. But Vucevic does have the size and length to score and rebound in traffic if he'd put himself in position to do so by banging guys first instead of second. That's Pekovic's trick. After playing for years in Europe, he is already one of the best bigs in the NBA at locking up opponents with a strong seal. He gets his shot blocked some, but doesn't care, as he shouldn't. If Vucevic banged down low relentlessly, his outside game would be even more relevant.