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Nikola Vucevic aims to be a three-point threat this season

The Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic knows how to score. Averaging 18.2 points per game and making 51.1% of his shots, the Montenegrin big man has a penchant for post moves and jump shots.

The addition of defensive bulwarks Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo means that minutes upfront will be harder to come by in Orlando this coming year. This could be the impetus for Vucevic to want to expand his game further.

Following Ibaka’s lead, it seems that Vucevic wants to work on his three-point shot and try to draw defending big men away from the paint.

In an interview with Dante Marchitelli and George Galante on Magic DriveTime, Vucevic expounded on his offseason goals and expressed his desire to become a credible three-point threat:

“I have been working a lot on it this summer,” Vucevic said. “It has been going pretty well. My confidence from 3-point shot has been growing. I think it is something I can add to my game.

“Actually even here in practice with the national team, I have been stepping out and knocking down some threes. I think that is something that can only help my game.

“Obviously I never want to make it where that is what I only do. But I think it can add as a huge weapon because I think I have added to my driving as well. If I can step out to the three and have the big guy come all the way and go by him or make plays for others or finish at the rim or shoot the three, it is another weapon I can add. I will keep working on it so when I come to Orlando, I can shoot some 3s.”

The addition of Ibaka and Biyombo could help mask Vucevic’s defensive shortcomings and allow him to perform better offensively. With the league trending towards big men who can spread the floor, Vucevic’s efforts are welcome from an Orlando team looking to become more than a fringe playoff contender that usually finds itself on the outside looking in.

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