You’ve got to like the way that rookie Nik Vucevic has responded to the responsibility of taking over for Spencer Hawes as the 76ers starting center.
Sixers coach Doug Collins said he knew shortly after the Sixers’ 103-79 loss to Boston that the 21-year old center was going to be a starter in the team’s next game at New Jersey after he checked in with 14 points, 13 boards and a pair of blocks in 29 minutes.
Over the last three games, Vucevic, the starter in consecutive wins at New Jersey and Toronto, has averaged 10 points per game and 8.6 rebounds. He is shooting the ball well from the field (he shoots it well with either hand, which is nice) as well, making 13 of 24 (54.1 percent) of his field goals over the last three games.
It should be pointed out that Vucevic preferred to come off the bench early in the season. Collins liked him in that role as well because the rookie seemed to be more comfortable taking in the game – understandable for a first-year guy – getting a handle on how the game is being played and then checking in with the second unit.