Andrew Nicholson has all the tools to be a major impact player for the Orlando Magic. The rest is up to him.
Nicholson showed plenty of potential his rookie season with 16.8 minutes, 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He’s a valuable part of their youth movement and will need to be a major impact player if the Magic are to turn around their fortunes from a year ago. The Magic need to give him more minutes every game if they’re to be competitive. When he started and averaged 21.9 minutes in 28 games, Nicholson averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.
He can give the Magic plenty of scoring and rebounding output. His shooting reliability is outstanding considering he was fourth among all NBA rookies in field goal percentage at 52.7 percent and fifth in free-throw percentage at 79.8 percent. He was No. 14 among all NBA rookie in scoring and 16th in rebounding.
It was a decent season for a No. 19 overall draft pick in 2012, but not a sensational campaign. Nicholson is hoping his sophomore year will draw more NBA observers to notice his talents.
Nicholson can be an impact player for the Magic if he gets more time and takes advantage of it. The Magic need plenty of power underneath and Nicholson is among the players who can provide it for them. A defensive threat at all times, Nicholson has earned at least one blocked shot on 21 occasions.
Nicholson also proved himself to be reliable considering he played in 75 of 82 games. Two of those games were from illness or injury. He’s likely to be a workhorse again this season.