In the midst of all this playoff action, Nicholson isn't exactly a hot topic. However, I think he is an interesting case. I believe he has a lot of talent and potential as a difference-making stretch four. Do you think he will continue to get inconsisent minutes in Orlando or will they look to move him for a draft pick? I'm not sure what his value would be on the market but I think he is pretty underrated right now.
I don't see A difference maker when I watch Nicholson play
As a magic fan, I have watched Nicholson play many times. He does possess a decent outside stroke, and has some refined skills with his back to the basket.. however he is an absolute ball stopper. On top of refusing to pass, he lacks the foot speed and physicality to defend other PF's.
I'm truly not surprised that Kyle O' Quinn (49th overall pick in 2012) surpassed him in the starting lineup, who played pretty decent on both sides of the ball down the stretch.
Nicholson is a nice all around offensive player and a guy, when given minutes, can be very productive. That being said, I think he's a career backup. If he's on a bad team, there's going to be a younger guy with more upside to give minutes to, or if he ends up on a playoff team, they'll be a vet who's a better player.
Andrew is a guy who, I feel, will always have a job. A guy who when you're starter gets hurt, you can plug in and he'll give you good minutes, but not really a guy talented enough to warrant a big contract or a regular starting gig.
I went to school with Andrew so I've seen him play numerous times. I can confidently say that his post offense is by far his greatest strength. I would put his lost- post moves and his footwork up against almost anyone at the position. His jump shot is pretty good and I think continuing to improve.
I'm not a magic fan, but I catch games when I can to see how Andrew is doing. Almost everytime I see him play, coach Vaughn has him standing in the corner. Coach may have a certain play called or want him there for a specific offensive set, but I think it's a waste to have him standing in the corner when he should be in the post. People say he is struggling because he is not hitting his shots, but how can you get in a rythm when you play 25 minutes one night and 4 the next?
To be objective, I think he needs to continue to get stronger and I think he struggles to guard more athletic players. One thing I don't get though is when people say he is such a poor rebounder. He may have struggled at the beginning of his professional career and I'm sure the coaches have gotten on him about that .Since then I've noticed that everytime a shot goes up, he turns and looks for the nearest defender to box out, which usualy clears a path for Vucevic to clean up any misses. His stats may suffer because of that, but I'm sure it's what the coaches asked him to do to be more effective.
Some say he doesn't play beacuse of his poor defense. I will agree that he may struggle at points, but I've seen stats that suggest that the team's overall defense does not decline with him on the floor.
For his sake I hope he ends up on a new team in the near future. I would like to see how he does with a coach who utilizes his strengths. If that happens and it turns out that he is a career back-up then so be it, but I think he has much more to offer than what is being shown. I'm curious what you guys think about this assesment.
It was puzzling to see Nicholson's minutes dwindle so dramatically at times this season. Proof positive that talent will get you to the NBA, but won't guarantee playing time in the world's top league.
Obviously Nicholson is above average on the offensive side of the ball, but I have to agree with the other poster who calls him a ball-stopper.
0.3 APG is just terrible - and it's less than half the assists he recorded the season before.
I was a fan of Nicholson before the draft, but was thrilled when he was drafted first and Sullinger fell to the Celtics.
I agree the APG is a pretty awful stat, but like I said earlier, how can you boost your PPG and APG by standing in the corner rarely seeing a pass. I firmly believe that if he was consistenly playing in the post, he could kick it out for some open threes and is apg would rise.
I'm a believer that guys who are on the fence with the coaching staff are under tredmenous pressure, especially younger players. They have a tendency to put up more shots in their limited playing time to try and impress the staff. Or they are too afraid to make a mistake that they play so timidly you wouldn't even know they're on the court. Niether style is going to earn you much playing time. I think when you have a coach like Vaughn who is so inconsistent distrubuting minutes, you're bound to get a few players on the team who play like that.
I feel Nicholson is one example of this. When he finally gets the ball in the corner and shoots, people say it's not his shot and he's a "ball-stopper". If that is not his shot and we can all see that, then why does Vaughn continue to put him there?
My bottom line is that I would like to see him playing in the post more, even if it's with the second unit. Run the offense through him for awhile and see what comes of it. If he continues to struggle playing in the post, then there's a problem. My opinion, he will take the step forward most people thought he would at this point last year.
He has great footwork and even better hands.. I think the game is a little fast for him right now as far as being able to use his talents and be effective for 28+ minutes..with that said I think Nicholson will be a player that will be very solid as he gets older.. He's only 24 and has a veterans polish to his offensive game, once he gets older and a bit more confident you will see the game start to slow down for him and he will be able to produce..
Till that day comes he's a very serviceable rotation forward.