ORLANDO, Fla. It wasnt as if Nikola Vucevic began this season, his first as a member of the Orlando Magic, with the specific goal of being good enough to earn a spot in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge.
Establishing the sort of consistency he was unable to do as a rookie with the Philadelphia 76ers would have been a sufficient reward.
Fifty-two games and a whole bunch of double-doubles later, the 22-year-old center has emerged as the Magics one true constant. So it came as no surprise when Vucevic was named to be one of the participants in Friday nights game in Houston involving the top first-year and second-year players in the NBA.
Vucevic will be joined at the All-Star weekend event by Magic first-round draft pick Andrew Nicholson, who was chosen as a replacement for the injured Andre Drummond. In a quirk that isnt lost on either player, Vucevic and Nicholson will be on opposite teams.
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