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Nikola Vujčić (born June 14, 1978) is a Croatian professional basketball player. He is 2.11 m (6 ft 11)
tall. He can play at both the center and power forward positions. He
is currently with the Greek League club Olympiacos.
Vujčić was born in Vrgorac, in inland Dalmatia, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia. He
made his professional debut with Split in 1995-96, coming from the young team
of the club. Played there till 2000-01, wearing number 7 that once
belonged to former Split star and former NBA player Toni Kukoč. With Split, Vujčić appeared
twice in the Croatian League
playoff final, played 57 Euroleague/Suproleague games and 28 Saporta Cup games.
In 2001, he was signed by Maccabi
Tel-Aviv as a replacement for Nate Huffman, who was expected to leave.
At the last moment, though, Huffman decided to return for one more
season so Maccabi sent Vujčić on loan to French club ASVEL Villeurbanne. Vujčić
helped them win the French Championship for
the first time in 21 years. He also took part in 14 Euroleague
games that season, averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.
From 2002-03 to 2007-08, with Maccabi, he won 2 Euroleague titles (2004 and 2005), 5 Israeli Championships and 4 Israeli State Cups with
On June 18, 2008, he signed a two-year contract, worth
€4.5 million euros net income with Olympiacos.
Vujčić's strengths and weaknesses are fairly typical for a
European center. Though he is not especially athletic or strong,
and his defense is questionable, he has some solid moves in the
paint, shoots the ball well (including the occasional three-point field goal) and is a
Vujčić was the first player in the Euroleague to achieve a triple-double. On
November 3, 2005, he finished Maccabi's Euroleague game versus Prokom Trefl Sopot with 11 points, 12
rebounds and 11 assists. The game ended with a Maccabi win - 95-68.
On November 30, 2006, Vujčić recorded another triple-double, the second ever in
Euroleague's history, in Maccabi's 110-87 win over Union
Olimpija, with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
As a member of the senior Croatian national basketball team, Vujčić
played at the EuroBasket 1997, the EuroBasket
1999, the EuroBasket 2001, the EuroBasket
2005, and the EuroBasket 2009.