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Nikola Vucevic Finishes Fourth In Most Improved Player Voting

2013 April 23

Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic teamed up on a historic night.

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando’s starting center, finished fourth in the voting for Most Improved Player. Pacers forward Paul George won the award while Hornets point guard Greivis Vásquez and Bucks big man Larry Sanders finished second and third, respectively.

During the 2011-12 season, Vucevic’s rookie year, he averaged 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 45.0% from the field and 52.9% from the free throw line. This season, Vucevic averaged 13.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. He shot 51.9% from the field and 68.3% from the charity stripe. He clearly made a nice case for the award.

“I’ve just got to keep getting better,” Vucevic told’s John Denton. “My goal is to be one of the best centers in the NBA. I think that I can do that.”

Magic guard Arron Afflalo had one second place vote and another writer gave forward Tobias Harris a third place vote.

Last year’s winner, then Magic and now Hornets power forward Ryan Anderson earned one first place vote this season.

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