Video highlights of Vucevic and Nicholson in the Rising Stars Game. VUC3VIC!
In their only All-Star Weekend representation, the Orlando Magic made a solid enough impact to make their presence felt. Both Nik Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson got run in the game previously known as the Rookie-Sophomore Game to help the league remember that, despite no Dwight Howard, they still exist.
Vucevic even put Jacque Vaughn on notice that he apparently has a secret talent as a knockdown 3-point shooter. The big man hit a pick-and-pop three in the first half that left the big man grinning. Vucevic would finish the night with 15 points in 20 minutes for the winning squad.
Nik Vucevic: I made that three, so I hope Coach Vaughn was watching. Next game the first play has to be a pick-and-pop for me to shoot a 3.
— Dan Savage (@Dan_Savage) February 16, 2013
Andrew Nicholson played a game-low 10 minutes on the night and finished with six points. When Nicholson and Vucevic were in the game together they were guarding each other and as they had previously agreed to, they definitely let up on their defensive effort.
Neither player had any explosive “whoa” moments like Kyrie Irving breaking Brandon Knight’s ankles (seriously, watch that video) or Kenneth Faried’s monster 40 point MVP performance, but Vucevic again showed that he is a solid young building block.
(h/t Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post for the video highlight package)