09/12/11 9:06 am EST
Nikola Vucevic already has one distinct advantage over nearly every member of the NBA’s 2011 rookie class. The native of Montenegro has a leg up on his draft class peers because Nikola has already played professional basketball this summer.
Vucevic represented his home country in the 2011 European Championships (Eurobasket 2011) and in a time where the NBA is full of uncertainty – especially regarding which rookies might have any impact with this much time away from their NBA teams – Vucevic’s Euro-action late this summer could make him a pleasant surprise for the Sixers if and when the 2011-12 season tips off. A strong rookie campaign from ‘Big Nik’ would be the answer to the team’s Achilles’ heel at center and potentially could propel the 7-6 to the next level.
Recently Nikola took some time to answer a few questions from us here at Philadunkia via email. Among the things we discussed with the former USC big man were: his last meeting with Doug Collins, what elements of his game he worked on this summer, why he signed on to play in Montenegro and his thoughts on adjusting to the NBA style of play.
Interview after the jump…