Andrew Nicholson Confident Of Orlando Magic's Confidence In His Play At Forward

By John Raffel
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Nicholson would like to think the Orlando Magic are set at the forward spot as they get ready to make a selection with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft coming up on June 27.

Nicholson had a fine rookie season for the Magic. He plays as a 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward and would like to think the Magic are settled at that spot.

Reports say that the Magic will be going after a guard in Ben McLemore in the draft, and that would seem to complement what Nicholson is doing in his forward spot. Last season, he averaged 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. His last game of the season was an exclamation mark of sorts: in 11 minutes of play, he shot 6-of-8 from the floor and scored 12 points while collecting three rebounds.

He had been quiet in the previous two games but showed his stuff in this particular game.

The Magic would like to see Nicholson put on more time on the court. He averaged 16.7 minutes a game as a rookie, and obviously needs to get those totals up in his NBA sophomore season, probably in the mid-20 range. That will be the area in which Nicholson can establish himself as a reliable and consistent NBA player.

Nicholson proved that he could shoot the ball consistently in the 75 games he played, including 28 starts. He shot 52.7 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He didn’t shoot any threes, which is a weak link right there for the Magic. The Magic would also like to see him crash the boards more effectively.

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