Nicholson had his best game of the season in Monday's 117-103 loss to the Cavaliers, scoring a season-high 18 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and ripping down eight rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Nicholson had struggled to crack the Magic rotation, but with so many players struggling he made the best of his opportunity Monday. It was the most playing time he's seen all season, so Nicholson is definitely someone to keep an eye on for a potential waiver wire claim.
Nicholson made just his third appearance of the season in Wednesday's overtime win over the Timberwolves, scoring eight points (3-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and grabbing seven rebounds over 22 minutes. Nicholson has been outside of coach Scott Skiles' rotation all season, but after starting center Nikola Vucevic submitted a lackluster first half Wednesday, Skiles elected to shake things up in the frontcourt. Skiles benched Vucevic for the entire second half, allowing Nicholson and Jason Smith to each play more than 20 minutes on the night. It's not expected that Vucevic, who has averaged a double-double the past three seasons, is likely to see a huge drop in minutes beyond Wednesday's game, so consider Nicholson's appointment into the rotation to be a one-time measure. By shooting poorly from the field in his extended minutes, Nicholson didn't exactly make a strong case for a regular role.
Nicholson was unable to see the court Monday when the Magic fell to Indiana 97-84. The 25-year-old power forward has only played four minutes in Orlando's first eight games. It doesn't appear that Nicholson will be seeing much playing time going forward barring any injuries to the Magic lineup, as he is slotted behind Tobias Harris and Aaron Gordon on the depth chart.
Nicholson was a DNP-CD in Orlando's 110-107 overtime win against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Nicholson has seen fairly limited minutes (13.8 MPG) this preseason and it's hard to project what can be expected from the power forward entering his fourth season in the league. He will open the year behind Tobias Harris, Aaron Gordon, and Channing Frye at power forward. Orlando is loaded with a lot of young talent and Nicholson appears to be on the outside looking in at this point.
The Magic are reluctant to trade forward Andrew Nicholson for a marginal return, Yahoo! Sports reports. Magic personnel are wondering how Nicholson will be utilized by a new coach next season. Both Jacque Vaughn and interim coach James Borrego haven't been able to incorporate the forward's inside-outside scoring abilities into the offense. Nicholson has played just 18 games, averaging 3.1 points on 35.8 percent shooting.
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