The first rookie in last year's reclamation project really to get playing time nad attention was the one with the most polish. The Magic seemd to have found a gem in the middle of the first round in St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson.
Nicholson consistently displayed a refined offensive post game as he was able to work his way around the basket for hook shots and outmanuever most opponents. He developed a nice little jumper too out to about 16-18 feet, helping the Magic spread the floor some. Nicholson proved to be a solid offensive option.
The stats bear that part out. He averaged 7.8 points per game on 52.7 percent shooting. According to Synergy Sports, Nicholson produced 0.97 points per possession including 1.01 points per possession on spot-up jumpers. Nicholson had a decent season, but there was also plenty to develop.
This is where Year Two comes in for Nicholson. He has to show he can be a better rebounder and defender if he wants to earn playing time in an increasingly crowded Magic front court -- Thursday's signing of Jason Maxiell only added to the logjam that already has Nicholson, Tobias Harris, Glen Davis and Romero Osby competing for time.
That process started last week at the week of Summer League games in Orlando. Nicholson averaged 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, shooting 46.8 percent from the floor. He had a slow start in the first two games offensively but came on stronger as the week went on, showing off the offensive skills the Magic know he has.
"We told [Nicholson] just to shoot the next one," James Borrego said. "He has taken that shot a thousand times, he has made it a thousand times. He's very comfortable shooting it out to 17. Every time he shoots it, I think it's going in. Every time we put the ball into the post to him, he does something well. I knew his shot wasn't falling early, but that doesn't mean we weren't going to go to him. I think he needs to see a couple go through the net. That's a shot that he consistently makes. He's very comfortable shooting that hook."
Offensive confidence is not Nicholson's issue. He showed even more patience and refinement in his post game last week, doing nice up and under and step through moves in the post. That is not the issue. Defense is.no comments