Andrew Nicholson, Orlando Magic power forward


HT:  6-9  WT:  250  COLLEGE: Saint Bonaventure
AGE: Turns 23 on Dec. 8, 2013
NBA SEASONS: 2012-13 is his rookie year.
TWITTER HANDLE: @nicholaf44
HOW HE CAME TO ORLANDO: Drafted 19th overall in 2012.
SCOUTING REPORT: Nicholson dominated in the Atlantic 10, but will be an undersized power forward in the NBA until he bulks up. He showed some nice moves around the basket in summer-league action, hitting jump hooks. In his debut, he scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while adding two blocks. Depending on how the Magic use Glen “Big Baby” Davis, either at power forward or at center, will largely determine Nicholson’s playing time. But if the Magic are adamant about player development in this rebuild, St. Nick should see plenty of action unless he’s a bust.
ODDS & ENDS: The Canadian-born Nicholson switched from chemistry to physics at St. Bonaventure, sold on the school after getting a glimpse of the William Welsh Science Center. “I had a knack for the sciences,” he said.

-- Brian Schmitz