The Orlando Magic’s first-round pick of a year ago, Andrew Nicholson, has a chance to establish himself in the every day rotation this season.
Glen Davis’ foot injury is expected to cause him to miss the beginning of the season, and Nicholson may have a chance to sneak into the starting lineup on opening night. Whether he cracks the starting rotation or not while Davis is out, he will certainly get more minutes on the floor and he will have to show major improvements from last season.
Nicholson showed a sweet jump shot and a fairly refined post game for a rookie, but he needs to show that he’s developing the rest of his game to become an established NBA player worthy of minutes.
Listed at 6-foot-9, Nicholson isn’t as tall as many of the players he will be matched up against, but his long wingspan allows him to play bigger than his actual height. Physically, Nicholson must add more muscle to withstand the rigors of life in the paint in the NBA. He showed that he has worked on his strength during the 2013 Summer League, but it remains to be seen how it will translate when the season starts.
He already proved to be an efficient scorer, but he must improve his defending and overall aggression. He was often caught out of position on the defensive end last season, and he also struggled to assert himself on the boards.
Nicholson doesn’t necessarily need to come out and perform at an All-Star level, but you can see with the addition of Jason Maxiell, this could be a make or break season for Nicholson’s career in Orlando.