One of the more intriguing position battles for the Orlando Magic is at the center position, where it appears 21-year-old Nikola Vucevic will compete with 27-year-old Gustavo Ayón for the starting job.
Both players are coming off their rookie seasons. Vucevic averaged 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in almost 16 minutes per game for the Philadelphia 76ers. Ayón averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in almost 20 minutes per game.
Coach Jacque Vaughn said he has watched video of both players and will keep an open mind about them.
“I’ll give them a chance to prove themselves on the floor,” Vaughn said. “Initial thoughts, Goose is extremely physical, plays hard, runs the floor extremely well and will do a great job as far as extending our defense. Nik is very skilled, can shoot the basketball. He’ll be a great teammate. My job now is to get more out of both of them.”
Second-round draft pick Kyle O’Quinn likely will receive some time off the bench.
Glen Davis played both center and power forward last season, and Vaughn said he hasn’t decided which position Davis will play this year.
“I’m not leaning any way,” Vaughn said. “I think Glen is a basketball player, and he is extremely great at making reads on the floor. So I’ve been extremely pleased by that. So I’ll be able to dump a lot on his plate. I think he’ll want to handle a heavier load for sure.”
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