NBA Mock Draft 2011: Bobcats Select Nikola Vucevic At No. 19

With the No. 19 pick in the SB Nation 2011 NBA Mock Draft, Rufus On Fire, our Charlotte Bobcats blog, select USC center Nikola Vucevic. Rufus' Connor Huchton explains the pick.

After addressing their need for a perimeter shooter and scorer with the 9th pick (by taking Jordan Hamilton), the Bobcats now look to address their other primary need: a scoring and rebounding big man. At this point in the draft, Nikola Vucevic best fills those needs.

Standing 7 feet tall and weighing 260 pounds, Vucevic possesses the size to be a force in the post. These skills were frequently on display during this past season at USC, where he averaged 17.1 PPG and 10.3 RPG on 50.5 percent shooting. While Vucevic was able to establish himself in the post with an arsenal of competent moves, he was also a threat to stretch the floor, shooting a respectable 34.9 percent from behind the three-point line and becoming a consistent mid-range jump shooter.

Unlike many similar players in this draft, Vucevic'a versatile offensive game is not hindered by defensive liability, as Vucevic is generally an adequate defender. Vucevic may not be an exemplary defender, but he also is not a poor one. However, the team that drafts Vucevic will most likely not choose him due to his defense, but rather because of his multi-faceted offensive game. Though he may not succeed in the NBA to the level he did in college (in regards to scoring), Vucevic should be a reliable offensive big man in the future, a rotational player who can hit jump shots (especially from mid-range) and occasionally use his skill and length to score from the post. Because of his consistent combination of offensive skills, Nikola Vucevic should be a terrific choice for the Charlotte Bobcats with their 19th pick.

Follow this StoryStream to see our entire SB Nation mock draft play out over the next couple days. See our 2011 NBA Draft hub for full coverage.

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