Congrats if you drafted, or better yet picked up, Dwight Howard’s replacement in Orlando this year in fantasy basketball. Nikola Vučević has been a double double machine but last night he had a game straight out of fantasy land when he broke the Orlando Magic franchise record of 28 rebounds set by Shaq with 29!
It did take Nikola an additional six minutes in an OT game to break the record but i’m not taking anything away from Nikola who had a great game that also included 20 points (9-17) 3 steals 2 assist and 2 blocks. How does that compare to what the original Superman did dawning Magic threads? Along with his 28 rebounds, he had 24 points and a franchise record 15 blocks against the large frontcourt of DC, PJ, The Hammer and Benoit Benjamin. Yes you read that correctly. A 2nd year Shaq had a boxscore line of 24pts 28rebs 15blks in 1 game and everytime somebody uploads proof of the game on YouTube it’s removed quicker than fight videos with Michael Jordan in them.
Dwight Howard’s 26 rebound game now moves into 3rd place in the Magic history books but like Shaq’s game, Dwight had more points (28) than Nikola and came out with a win. This win came against the 76ers and Chris Webber who happens to own maybe the most ridiculous 25/25+ game since the Wilt era with a 51 point 26 rebound game in 2001.
Back to last night/year, let’s just send congrats again to Nikola for not only joining Horace Grant, Dwight and Shaq to the 20/20 club in Orlando but for setting the franchise record for boards which I have a feeling might remain for a very long time. As for the people that will one day look at this record and say Nikola who, just think about the Grizzlies fans who will wonder who Lorenzen Wright (RIP) is and how he pulled off a 33 point 26 rebound game.