Orlando Magic Needs To Better Utilize Andrew Nicholson's Talents

By John Raffel


Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Nicholson needed a game like this.

The Orlando Magic bumped Nicholson’s minutes to 21 against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and it paid off handsomely.

The Magic rookie was 7-of-9 from the floor and wound up with 15 points in the 90-74 victory. He also had four rebounds, albeit three turnovers, but Nicholson needed a game like this. In his previous two games, he had a combined 12 points with 4-of-12 shooting. So he was obviously struggling to try finding his way.

Unfortunately for the Magic, they don’t play the Detroit Pistons every day. They need Nicholson and others to keep the pressure on, attack the basket confidently every single time and see what happens.

Nicholson isn’t producing many eye-popping stats, but for someone at his age level, 22, that can be excused. He’s at 6.7 points and 2.5 points per game. A performance like he had against the Pistons will get those numbers up. But he needs to show his coaching staff that he’s deserving of more points.

The 19th draft pick of the NBA for the Magic, Nicholson is obviously a success story as someone who didn’t start playing basketball until his junior year in high school. He continues to give Vaughn a good name with his basketball talents. The Magic and coach

are going to need more from him and the other young players dominating the Magic roster.

If not, it’s going to continue to be a long season for the Magic. Except for when they play the Detroit Pistons, of course.

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