Vucevic started the 2020-21 season with the Orlando Magic but was traded to the Chicago Bulls on Deadline Day, in a move that sent Wendell Carter in the opposite direction. The Montenegro-born big man played in 70 out of a possible 73 games between Chicago and Orlando, starting in each of those contests and averaging a robust 33.5 minutes per game -- it was the third straight year in which he played more than 30 minutes per tilt. Vucevic averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game while playing for the Magic, and he notched averages of 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game as a member of the Bulls. Vucevic's highest-scoring outing came on February 5 against the Bulls when he was still a member of the Magic -- he poured 43 points and 19 rebounds while also adding four assists. That was one of Vucevic's four games with at least 35 points and one of his 16 appearances with at least 15 rebounds. Other season-high marks for Vucevic included 10 assists (twice), five steals (twice) and three blocks (twice). The former first-round pick of the 2011 NBA Draft also recorded 48 double-doubles and two triple-doubles. Counting his stints with both the Magic and the Bulls, Vucevic ended the season averaging a career-high 23.4 points per game, while also adding a joint career-best 3.8 assists per contest to go along with 11.7 boards, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks per contest. Vucevic also shot 47.7 percent from the field while posting career-best marks from both three-point range (40.0 percent) and the free-throw line (84.0 percent).2019
Playing in his ninth NBA season, Vucevic had another productive campaign, averaging a double-double for the sixth time in his career. In 62 appearances, Vucevic averaged 19.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in 32.2 minutes -- his most in any season since 2014-15. Vucevic hit 47.7 percent of his field goals, including 33.9 percent of his career-high 4.7 three-point attempts per game. Vucevic recorded 45 double-doubles on the season (including playoffs), scoring at least 25 points in 11 of those. On Nov. 17 against Washington, Vucevic established a season-high with 30 points, to go with 17 rebounds and six assists, in a Magic victory. He would match that total against Portland on Mar. 2. Against the Hawks on Feb. 10. Vucevic handed out a season-high nine assists, adding 24 points and nine rebounds in 33 minutes. He recorded a career-best six steals against Portland on Dec. 20. Vucevic hit five three-pointers against Milwaukee on Dec. 28, falling just one short of matching his career-high. In a Jan. 6 win over the Nets, Vucevic had 11 points and 24 rebounds -- a season-high and the second-highest total of his career. In Round 1 of the playoffs versus Milwaukee, Vucevic was outstanding, averaging 28.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the series. In Game 1, Vucevic posted a playoff-career-high 35 points, to go with 14 rebounds and four assists. He set a new playoff career high with six three-pointers in Game 4 en route to 31 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists (also a playoff career high) and two blocks. In Game 5, Vucevic played 40 minutes and posted 22 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Vucevic finished the season ranked ninth in the league in total rebounds (673), seventh in rebounds per game, 13th in total rebound percentage (18.1%) and eighth in defensive rebound percentage (29.7%).2018
Vucevic had the best season of his career in 2018-19, his seventh in the league. The USC product started a career-high 80 games for the Magic and averaged a double-double for the fifth time in his career. He established new career-highs of 20.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest. Vucevic finished third in the league in total rebounds, eighth in rebounds per game, 19th in total points, and 27th in points per game. He shot a career-best 36.4-percent from three-point range and drained a career-best 84 three-pointers. Vucevic registered 60 double-doubles during the regular season. Only Andre Drummond and Rudy Gobert had more. He posted a triple-double on Oct. 20 in Philadelphia with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Vucevic was named to his first career All-Star team and selected by Team Giannis. He scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes of action during the All-Star Game in Charlotte. Vucevic led the Magic to the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and a matchup with the Raptors in the first round of the postseason. Vucevic started all five games against Toronto and averaged 11.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 block per contest. He posted playoff career highs in points (22), rebounds (14), assists (6) and blocks (3) in Game 3 of the series.2017
Vucevic entered the 2017-18 season looking to bounce back from a slightly down scoring year by his standards, and he did so almost immediately. In the second game of the year, Oct. 20 against Brooklyn, Vucevic tallied a career-high 41 points, also chipping in 12 rebounds and three assists. Three-point shooting was a point of emphasis in the offseason, with the coaching staff giving him the green light early. That was evident here, as he went 6-for-8 from distance in his career-best scoring day. The next milestone came Dec. 9 against the Hawks, when Vucevic recorded his first career triple-double with 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Former Magic centers Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard had logged triple-doubles with blocks, but Vucevic was the first at the position to do so with assists, further illustrating the evolving role of the big man's role in the league. His triple-double was part of a seven-game December double-double streak, but just before Christmas, the injury bug bit. Vucevic left a Dec. 23 contest against Washington due to a hand injury, which was later found out to be a fracture. He missed 23 games as a result, but bounced right back with 19 points in his return Feb. 22 against the Knicks. Vucevic averaged 15.2 points and 9.0 rebounds through the season's final 23 games. The 2017-18 season can ultimately be characterized by three-point shooting, as Vucevic knocked down a career-high 64 treys despite only playing 57 games. His previous career best was 23.2016
After leading the team in both scoring and rebounding in back-to-back seasons, Vucevic once again headed into 2016-17 with another new head coach in Frank Vogel. Things were largely similar early on, as Vucevic started and averaged 11.9 points and 11.5 rebounds through the season's first 16 games. He was pulled from the starting lineup Nov. 27 in favor of Bismack Biyombo for defensive reasons, and that's a trend that continued until Jan. 8. As a reserve, Vucevic averaged 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds, even though he dealt with a bit of back trouble during that stretch. Vucevic returned to the starting five Jan. 11 and never looked back (with the exception of a four-game stretch in February due to an Achilles injury). His season high of 30 points came in his second game after regaining his starting role, when he led the Magic to a road victory against Portland. His season-best rebounding total came a few weeks afterwards, when he corralled 19 boards Feb. 7 against the Rockets. At the conclusion of the season, Vucevic had a three-year scoring low with 14.6 points per game, but it was still good for the third-best mark on the team. He also lead the Magic in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and was third in total blocked shots (74). The Magic finished with a record of 29-53 and missed the postseason.2015
Entering 2015-16 with a new head coach in Scott Skiles, Vucevic began the year with high expectations, particularly on the defensive end. His efforts there were evident from the start of the campaign, as Vucevic blocked 10 shots in his first three games. Five of those rejections came against the Thunder on Oct. 30, when Vucevic also chipped in 26 points and seven rebounds. He missed three games in November due to a knee bruise, but he got back on track and put up one of the best months of December in franchise history. Through 15 games in December, Vucevic averaged 19.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He continued that pace into the new year, logging seven double-doubles in an eight-game stretch in January. Vucevic also recorded a season-best 35 points Feb. 23 against the Sixers. He missed a 13-game stretch in March due to a groin injury, but he returned to post 21.6 PPG over his final seven appearances. At the conclusion of the season, Vucevic led the Magic in both scoring (18.2 PPG) and rebounding (8.9 RPG) for the second consecutive season. The team still missed the postseason with a record of 35-47.2014
With another stellar season under his belt, Vucevic signed a four-year extension with the Magic on Oct. 21. A week later on opening night, he put up 15 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks against the Pelicans. Vucevic averaged 18.6 points and 11.7 rebounds through the first 19 games of the year before missing a six-pack of games due to back spasms. He was back on Dec. 13 with a vengeance, reaching double figures in all but one of the remaining games he played in. Vucevic set a new career high with 33 points Jan. 12 against the Bulls, chipping in 11 rebounds and four assists as well. That mark wouldn't hold up long, as he put up 34 points (along with 18 rebounds) Jan. 23 against the Knicks. Vucevic remained a regular double-double threat, and had yet another career game in an April 3 victory over the Timberwolves. In 40 minutes on the court, Vucevic put up a new career high with 37 points (19-for-25 FG) to go along with 17 rebounds. When it was all said and done, Vucevic led the Magic with a new career high in scoring (19.3 ppg) to go along with a team-high 10.9 rebounds. He also racked up 147 assists that season, which was the best mark of his career as well.2013
After more than doubling most his rookie-year marks in scoring and rebounding in his second NBA season with Orlando, Vucevic was poised to take another leap forward. While retaining his starting role, Vucevic once again turned heads by putting up 30 points and 21 rebounds in the fifth game of the year against the Clippers. Through the first 17 games of the year, Vucevic put up 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. That momentum took a slight hit when he missed four games due to an ankle injury, but he returned Dec. 11 and put up double-doubles in three of the next four games. Vucevic averaged a double-double with 11.3 points and 11.5 rebounds through 10 December games. The injury bug bit again in January, however, as Vucevic only appeared in three games that month due to another ankle injury and a concussion. Upon returning, he reached double figures in 20 consecutive games. Another highlight was a March 28 overtime win over Charlotte, when Vucevic dominated down the stretch and recorded 24 points and 23 rebounds. His season was cut short due to Achilles trouble, however, as he missed the last seven games. When it was all said and done, Vucevic had a new career-best scoring total of 14.2 ppg, accumulated over 57 games (all starts).2012
After limited run in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Vucevic was dealt to the Magic over the summer of 2012 in a four-team mega-deal that ended with the Sixers acquiring Andrew Bynum. Vucevic immediately became an impact player with Orlando, earning a starting job through stellar exhibition play. In the second game of the regular season, Nov. 4 against Phoenix, Vucevic recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. He ended up recorded four more double-doubles on the month and 46 for the season. His first career 20-point game happened on New Year's Eve against the Heat, where he also corralled 29 rebounds -- a new franchise record. That started a streak of 17 consecutive games in double figures. Vucevic set a new career high with 25 points on Mar. 6 against the Heat, adding 21 rebounds for his second career 20-20 game. He then recorded a double-double in each of the last nine games of the year. That included a new career-high of 30 points scored on Apr. 10 against the Bucks. Through 77 games (all starts), Vucevic led the Magic in rebounds per game (11.9) and was sixth in points per game (13.1).2011
Vucevic was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft. He remained in Europe for the start of the year, playing with KK Buducnost Podgorica in the Adriatic League. After an impressive run of play overseas, Vucevic signed his rookie deal with the Sixers on Dec. 10. He made his NBA debut Dec. 28, logging six points, six rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes off the bench at Phoenix. Vucevic made his first career start Jan. 18 against the Nuggets in favor of an injured Spencer Hawes (Achilles). He put up two points in that effort, but in his third of three consecutive starts, set a career high with 13 points. Vucevic had an impressive stretch in February, which included a career-high of 18 points Feb. 22 against Houston. On Mar. 7, he recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against the Celtics. Vucevic carried that momentum into seven more April starts. The Sixers ended up playing 13 playoff games before getting eliminated by the Celtics. Vucevic appeared in one postseason game, logging three minute in Game 3 against Boston.
June 23, 2011Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2011Signed a rookie deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
August 10, 2012As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Maurice Harkless and a 2018 1st round draft pick to the Orlando Magic; the Denver Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, a 2013 2nd round draft pick and a 2014 1st round draft pick to the Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Magic; the Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to the 76ers; the Magic traded Earl Clark, Chris Duhon and Dwight Howard to the Lakers; the Magic traded Jason Richardson to the 76ers; and the 76ers traded Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets.
October 1, 2014Signed a four-year, $53 million contract extension with the Orlando Magic.
July 6, 2019Signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the Orlando Magic.
March 25, 2021Traded to the Bulls along with Al-Farouq Aminu in exchange for Wendell Carter, Otto Porter and two future first-round picks.
March 25, 2021Traded to the Bulls along with Al-Farouq Aminu in exchange for Wendell Carter, Otto Porter and 2021 and 2023 first-round picks.