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Magic fans want more Andrew Nicholson.
The second-year power forward is easy to spot and he just is a smooth offensive player. His extremely refined post game earned him the nickname "YMCA" as he had his hook shot game working and unleashed an array of post moves that, frankly, called back to a much older time.
Defenses started double teaming Nicholson knowing how efficient he was in the post.
What held Nicholson back last year -- he averaged 7.8 points per game in 16.7 minutes per game -- was his defense. While it is nice that he added a 3-point shot to his game -- he has taken 18 3-pointers in 10 games after not attempting a single one last year -- ultimately Nicholson's playing time will be determined by how he contributes on the glass and on defense.
Last year, Nicholson averaged 3.4 rebounds per game, 7.4 rebounds per 36 minutes and a 17.1 percent defensive rebound rate. Already this year, Nicholson is averaging 10.3 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game with per 36 averages of 18.8 points and 11.0 rebounds.
Nicholson has quite clearly improved some of the weaker points of his game while expanding his offensive repertoire -- at least a little bit, Nicholson is shooting just 22.2 percent from beyond the arc.
"When the shot is not falling, you've just got to make it up on the other end," Nicholson said. "That's basketball. I just focus on [defense] and take it one game at a time."
Always a bit deferential to the media, Nicholson said the entire team's defense has seen some major improvements and that the team will continue to grow there.no comments