Andrew Nicholson Has Enjoyed Remarkable Rookie Season With Orlando Magic

By John Raffel
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He won’t be the NBA Rookie of the Year, but Andrew Nicholson has still had a solid first year in the league for the Orlando Magic. He has probably exceeded everyone’s expectations ever since he made the transition from St. Bonaventure to the Magic.

It’s late in the season and Nicholson is averaging 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 16.6 minutes a game. Orlando has had him appear in 68 games and he’s earned 25 starts.

Nicholson’s shooting percentages have been impressive. It’s among the reasons the Magic should try giving him more minutes the rest of the season and consider him as a starter for the 2013-14 team.

Nicholson is shooting 53 percent from the floor and 79.3 percent in free throws. Someone wearing an Orlando Magic uniform and shooting those kind of percentages should be commended.

Unlike some of his other teammates, Nicholson has shown a lot of patience on the court. He goes to the basket when there’s an opening and doesn’t try to force the issue. He can become a very fine NBA player.

In Monday’s 111-103 loss to the Houston Rockets, Nicholson only saw 12 minutes of action but was 4-of-6 from the floor and made both of his free throws. He had four rebounds and two blocks.

Nicholson has had a fine rookie season and should get more recognition from the Orlando media for his accomplishments. Other rookies across the NBA are getting far more attention, but Nicholson is going to eventually be rewarded in the NBA if he remains a consistent and fundamentally-sound basketball player. It’s not easy to find a rookie player like that.

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