Andrew Nicholson will probably get more playing time and show more productivity for the Orlando Magic next season if he crashes the boards more effectively and comes down with more rebounds.
It sounds simple enough, but the key is if Nicholson crashes the boards effectively enough to be an excellent rebounder for the Magic and gives the team the defensive skills it needs to rebuild and go back to being a playoff contender.
He didn’t play too much this season, but Nicholson is only a rookie and is likely to mature dramatically next season. His playing time will grow and for the Magics’ sake, so will his rebounds total.
As his playing time increases, Nichols will score more.
For 16.7 minutes a game, his average was OK as an NBA rookie. He shot 52.7 percent from the floor and 79.8 percent from the charity stripe. Both are solid numbers and when he’s on the court more, he’ll be a dangerous scoring threat.
In the last game of the regular season, Nicholson had 11 minutes of playing time, but was 6-of-9 from the floor for 12 points. That’s not bad. But, he only had three boards, which means he’s lacking that aggressive ingredient that would make him so much better.
His best overall game probably came in mid-February when he was 5-of-13 from the floor and scored 13 points, but had 12 rebounds. If he can come up with more games like that next year, Nicholson is going to be one popular player