When Dwight Howard performed, it was usually in spectacular fashion. Thunderous dunks, shots blocked into the third row, rebounds snatched with one hand.

Magic center Nik Vucevic, his replacement, does his thing in Orlando subtlety. Quietly. Unassumingly.

You watch the game and look at the boxscore, and you’re taken aback that Vucevic posted the kind of numbers most big men would envy.  

In a the club’s rout of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, Vucevic had 16 points and 15 rebounds, posting his eighth double-double in a row.

Like Howard, you almost are at the point where you take Vucevic for granted. And Nik does it without that jaw-dropping highlights. He kills you softly.

 “Nick makes it easy for you to take it for granted in the sense that in the first quarter, I basically played him 12 minutes straight,” coach Jacque Vaughn said.

 “That’s just the trust that I have in him and the fact that he could guard Hibbert and when Hibbert leaves the floor I could stick him on David West.

“That’s unbelievable conditioning by himself, the drive that he has, and tremendous amount of trust that I have in him….He’s continuing to improve and I’m extremely proud of him.”

Howard leads the league in rebounding at 12.6 per game, followed by Zach Randolph at 11.7. Vucevic is tied with Omer Asik for third at 11.1.

“He is a good ball player in the fact that he can step out and hit the 15- to 17-footer from the five spot,” West said. “It creates a little bit of disadvantage for other fives. Obviously, the other thing is, I think he has a good knack for the game."

Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at bschmitz@tribune.com. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.