current status: Off season
#44 F | 6'9", 250 lbs. | Orlando
Birth Date:December 8, 1989 (24 years old) Place of Birth:Mississauga, Ont. From:St. Bonaventure
Drafted:Drafted by Orlando in 2012 (1/19).
Drafted:Drafted by Orlando in 2012 (1/19).
|Assets:||Well-rounded for a big man: has a nice 3-point stroke and an impressive array of high-percentage post moves. Good on free throws for a power player and is agile for his size. Hustles constantly. Has the wingspan to be a good shot-blocker and rebounder.|
|Flaws:||Despite good footwork and solid overall mobility he's not very explosive. Must show he can limit his turnovers and fouls as a pro. Needs to be more of a passer, and has yet to find his true NBA niche.|
|Career Potential:||Promising all-round two-way big man.|
Movements & Injuries
|10/26/2013||Orlando Magic exercised their contract option for the 2014-15 season.|
|3/29/2013||Missed 1 game (sprained left ankle).|
|3/27/2013||Sprained left ankle, day-to-day.|
|3/19/2013||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|7/03/2012||Signed by the Orlando Magic.|
|6/28/2012||Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (19th overall) in 2012.|
Nicholson scores 19 points with four boards | 04/14/2014 11:00 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting with three treys, four rebounds and one block in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.
ImpactNicholson's highly leveraged line including a career-high three treys is fluky, but we have seen mini-explosions from him in the past. Anything is possible during silly season, so give him a look if you're feeling lucky.
Andrew Nicholson doesn't score yet again | 02/23/2014 10:17 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson did not score against the Raptors on Sunday in 13 minutes of action.
ImpactHe did not score in Friday's game and has been a disappointment this season. The Magic really wanted to develop him as a stretch four, but his game has more holes than St. Andrews golf course. Nicholson's potential 3-point upside is not worth owning in almost any league right now.
Andrew Nicholson starts, then benched | 01/04/2014 10:10 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson started Saturday's game due to Nikola Vucevic's absence, but played just six minutes and missed all four of his shots.
ImpactCoach Jacque Vaughn saw something he didn't like early and ended up starting Victor Oladipo instead of Nicholson in the second half. Vucevic isn't expected to miss much more time with his ankle injury, so what little promise Nicholson was showing when he was put into the starting five tonight is officially dead after his benching.
Andrew Nicholson starts w/ Vucevic out | 01/04/2014 6:28 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson will start at power forward vs. Miami on Saturday, shifting Glen Davis to center.
John Denton on Twitter
ImpactNikola Vucevic (ankle) is day-to-day so this doesn't alter Nicholson's long-term outlook, but he's a fine spot-starter vs. Miami's small frontcourt. In three starts this year, Nicholson is averaging 12.7 points, 1.0 threes, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in just under 29 minutes per game.
Andrew Nicholson gets back in the rotation | 12/31/2013 7:34 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson got back in the rotation on Tuesday with five points, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes.
ImpactThe Magic lost Nikola Vuecvic to an ankle injury and Nicholson's playing time tonight topped his previous three combined of 12 minutes. There is still very little reason to pick him up in almost any league.
Nicholson goes for 19 and 11 in loss to MEM | 12/09/2013 10:56 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with 11 rebounds and four blocks in 37 minutes in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.
ImpactNicholson did his damage with no Nikola Vucevic around, and with the big man being day-to-day it's hard to get too excited about Nicholson's production. In a deeper league though, he's worth a look. Glen Davis scored 16 points with nine assists and three blocks, Victor Oladipo scored 10 points with a normal line, Jameer Nelson scored 19 points and a normal line, and Arron Afflalo scored 17 points with a normal line.
Andrew Nicholson scores eight points in loss | 12/07/2013 12:40 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson started at power forward and had eight points, three boards and one block in 28 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.
ImpactHe didn't take any 3-pointers tonight and was doing more work out of the post than usual. Nicholson has some major issues on defense and he hasn't helped himself much with some extra opportunity while the Magic are banged up. He's not worth owning in most leagues.
Andrew Nicholson will start vs. Knicks | 12/06/2013 6:51 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson is in the starting lineup against the Knicks on Friday.
ImpactHe'll start at power forward next to Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo and Glen Davis. Nicholson played 38 minutes against the Sixers on Tuesday and is worth a look as a spot-start vs. a weak NYK frontcourt.
Andrew Nicholson scores 11 points | 11/27/2013 10:11 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored 11 points off the bench against the Sixers on Wednesday, adding five boards and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.
ImpactThe Magic gave Glen Davis some more minutes tonight and have been more than comfortable using a smaller lineup. Nicholson gets hot from time to time, including his 18-point game on Tuesday, but he's not quite worth owning in most leagues.
Andrew Nicholson drops 18 off the bench | 11/26/2013 11:53 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson saw an unexpected 25 minutes of action on Tuesday, scoring 18 points with eight boards, one block and one 3-pointer on 8-of-11 shooting.
ImpactTobias Harris was a late scratch with an ankle injury, so Nicholson got the call as the main guy off the bench with Glen Davis moving into the starting lineup. Harris isn't expected to be out long, so Nicholson is only worth a look in deeper leagues on a short-term basis.
Andrew Nicholson posts 17 & 11 off bench | 11/03/2013 8:54 PM
NewsThe Magic beat the Nets by 21 points on Sunday with a boost from Andrew Nicholson, who double-doubled off the bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
ImpactHe even blocked a shot and went without any turnovers in his 26 minutes on the court, earning the favor of any nine-cat owners using him as a low-end big man. His per-minute stats are impeccable this year, other than a whopping 6.4 personal fouls per 36 minutes.
Nicholson scores nine points with five rebs | 11/01/2013 11:26 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored nine points with five rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench on Friday.
ImpactNicholson hit 4-of-10 shots (including a three) and saw extra minutes because of the lopsided score, but he has yet to follow up on his big night and with returns for Tobias Harris and eventually Big Baby on the way he's only worth watching in deep leagues.
Andrew Nicholson scores 18 in season opener | 10/29/2013 10:33 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored all 18 of his points in the first half of Tuesday night's game against the Pacers, adding four rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.
ImpactHe shot 8-of-9 in the first half and missed his only shot in the second half. Interestingly, Nicholson did not play at all in the third quarter and didn't play down the stretch in the fourth. The Magic were unbelievably bad on offense and without Nicholson's production, they scored 69 points on 83 field goal attempts. He'll have a tough time keeping it up once Tobias Harris (ankle) comes back, but he's worth a look as a stop-gap option in deeper leagues.
Report: Magic to option Andrew Nicholson | 10/26/2013 9:01 AM
NewsAccording to reports, the Orlando Magic plan to exercise their third-year team option on Andrew Nicholson.
ImpactThe Magic have until October 31st to exercise the option or Nicholson would become a restricted free agent next July. He is battling Tobias Harris for the starting job at PF while Glen Davis (foot) recovers.
Andrew Nicholson plays well in loss to HOU | 10/16/2013 11:28 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson started at power forward in Wednesday's preseason loss and hit 6-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points and nine rebounds.
ImpactTobias Harris, who sat out tonight, is the favorite to start at PF, but Nicholson appears to be capable, while Glen Davis will also eventually be back. This could result in a log jam of sorts, and while we like the idea of drafting Harris in the later middle rounds of drafts, he could be a roller coaster ride after blowing up in Orlando late last season.
Canada falls despite Nicholson's 29 points | 09/08/2013 9:06 AM
NewsCanada fell to the Dominican Republic during the FIBA Americas tournament on Saturday, despite getting a game-high 29 points from Andrew Nicholson.
ImpactThe Magic forward had his way offensively, shooting 12-of-19 from the field with three 3-pointers, though he and Cory Joseph both committed six turnovers each. Tristan Thompson added 14 points (5-of-7 FGs, 4-of-8 FTs), but it wasn't enough to beat a D.R. team led by Rockets swingman Francisco Garcia's 19 points and three steals. Canada returns to action vs. Argentina on Sunday.
Nicholson hitting from downtown for Canada | 08/24/2013 10:34 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored a team-high 21 points in Canada's loss to Puerto Rico on Thursday.
Orlando Magic Daily
ImpactNicholson is an impressive 5-of-6 from downtown in Canada's past two games, though he attempted zero 3-pointers as a rookie and isn't likely to spend much time on the perimeter this season, either. The Magic frontcourt is uncomfortably crowded but Nicholson will play significant minutes until Glen Davis (foot) is healthy.
Andrew Nicholson a work in progress for Magic | 07/19/2013 3:49 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson averaged 2.6 rebounds during Summer League, and the Magic want him to work on both his rebounding and defense.
Orlando Magic Daily
ImpactThe second-year PF added muscle to his upper body this summer, but he still struggles with positioning, turnovers and consistency. His role was already uncertain with Tobias Harris, Glen Davis and Kyle O'Quinn fighting for frontcourt minutes, and the addition of Jason Maxiell should knock Nicholson out of fantasy contention on draft day.
Andrew Nicholson struggles with ball security | 07/09/2013 10:17 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson committed six turnovers and often had the ball knocked out of his hands while in the post during Tuesday's summer league game.
ImpactNicholson also committed four fouls and had just three points and two rebounds in roughly 19 minutes. It was a far cry from him 19-point, four-rebound, three-assist performance Monday. Nicholson remains a work in progress and is not ready for fantasy consideration.
Andrew Nicholson bounces back Monday | 07/08/2013 1:07 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson bounced back in Monday's Summer League game, scoring 19 points with four boards, three assists and one block on 7-of-13 shooting in 31 minutes.
ImpactHe shot just 1-of-9 on Sunday and went back to playing inside on Monday. Nicholson didn't take any 3-pointers in Monday's game, which has been an area he's been focusing on this offseason. He's still not on the radar in fantasy leagues yet.
Andrew Nicholson awful in Sunday's game | 07/07/2013 8:20 PM
NewsMagic PF Andrew Nicholson had a disastrous game in Summer League on Sunday, scoring seven points on 1-of-9 FGs, with three rebounds, one assist, three turnovers and seven personal fouls.
ImpactHe didn't have any steals or blocks, either, and his supposedly improved outside shot wasn't on display as he missed his only 3-point attempt. He'll have a chance to get on track vs. the Thunder on Monday.
Andrew Nicholson working on his 3-point game | 07/05/2013 11:58 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson has been working on his 3-point shooting this offseason.
John Denton on Twitter
ImpactHe made eight triples in a row in summer league practice on Friday. Nicholson fell out of favor with the Magic down the stretch, but he's a decent shooter. He shot a solid 45.3 percent on shot attempts deeper than 16 feet last season on his 161 attempts. Nicholson also put on some weight in the upper body, which might help his disastrous defense from last season. He has his work cut out for him, but we'll be watching him in summer league.
Andrew Nicholson lasts just nine minutes | 04/03/2013 10:51 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson made a surprise start at power forward Wednesday, but posted just two points in nine minutes.
ImpactNicholson had previously started 25 games this season, averaging 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22.0 minutes. But now that Tobias Harris -- who started at small forward in this one -- is excelling at the power forward spot, there's no room for Nicholson.
Nicholson in at PF, shifting Magic rotations | 04/03/2013 8:25 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson will start at PF for the Magic on Wednesday, moving Tobias Harris to SF, Maurice Harkless to SG, and DeQuan Jones to the bench.
ImpactThe move could be a one-time change vs. the Spurs, but owners searching for a cheap big man should scoop Nicholson off the wire in case he sticks at PF.
Andrew Nicholson plays 28 minutes in return | 03/29/2013 10:59 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson returned to the lineup from an ankle injury on Friday, scoring 14 points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes.
ImpactHe has been a mess for most of the season and his defense certainly needs work. Nicholson has been given ample opportunity for most of the season and has squandered it for the most part and he'll be in a timeshare with Kyle O'Quinn at best while Nikola Vucevic (concussion) is on the mend.
Andrew Nicholson to be available Friday night | 03/29/2013 5:51 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson (ankle) will be available to play Friday night against the Wizards.
Josh Robbins on Twitter
ImpactNicholson was hurt Monday and missed Wednesday's game. He'll return in a bench role behind the suddenly unstoppable Tobias Harris, but Nicholson should see some more minutes than usual with Nikola Pekovic (concussion) unable to go.
Andrew Nicholson won't play on Wednesday | 03/27/2013 11:20 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson (ankle) did not travel to Charlotte and will not play on Wednesday.
Brian K. Schmitz on Twitter
ImpactNicholson left Monday's game with a sprained ankle and did not return, so the Magic will rely even more on Tobias Harris, Moe Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn down low with Nikola Vucevic (concussion) also out.
Andrew Nicholson doubtful to return | 03/25/2013 7:43 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson suffered a left ankle sprain in the first half of Monday's game and is doubtful to return.
Tim Reynolds on Twitter
ImpactThe Magic are running out of bodies with Nikola Vucevic out of the lineup and Kyle O'Quinn will have to fill an even bigger void. Al Harrington will also get more playing time. Nicholson has been a disaster on defense this year and shouldn't be owned in most leagues.
Andrew Nicholson scores 14 in 19 minutes | 03/21/2013 12:16 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson had 14 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
ImpactHe had eight points in 16 minutes of garbage time the night before and the Magic cleared the bench in this one, as well. Nicholson is worth keeping an eye on going forward, but we doubt he'll be this productive on most nights.
Andrew Nicholson makes appearance Tuesday | 03/20/2013 1:39 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson saw 16 minutes of garbage time in an ugly loss to the Pacers on Tuesday, finishing with eight points, two rebounds and two blocks.
ImpactNicholson, who has been dealing with an illness, had played just two minutes over his previous four games, so unless the Magic are ready to give him a steady role going forward, he has no fantasy value right now. His illness aside, he's fallen out of the rotation due to the strong play of Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and Tobias Harris.
Andrew Nicholson questionable for Tuesday | 03/19/2013 12:13 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson (illness) is questionable to play on Tuesday.
John Denton on Twitter
ImpactNicholson was on the Magic bench on Sunday but didn't play, but he's had a couple of days to recover so it's possible he gets back in there against the Pacers.
Andrew Nicholson (ill) picks up DNP vs. Bucks | 03/17/2013 3:53 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson (illness) didn't leave the Magic bench on Sunday.
ImpactHe was iffy to play after skipping Saturday's practice, and his declining role off the bench should have ensured that he wasn't in active lineups. There's a good chance that he'll be healthy enough to play vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.
Andrew Nicholson has a stomach bug | 03/16/2013 3:51 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson (illness) did not practice on Saturday and is questionable for Sunday.
Joshua Robbins on Twitter
ImpactHe has a stomach bug, but that hasn't been why he's only played a grand total of two minutes in the past three games. Tobias Harris is running away with the power forward job and logged 40 minutes on Friday. Nicholson having himself a nice Summer League hasn't really translated to playing with the big boys and he's got some work to do to be relevant in fantasy leagues.
Andrew Nicholson picks up healthy DNP-CD | 03/10/2013 9:31 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson was a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.
ImpactNicholson had played at least 20 minutes in every game since early February, and he logged 18 minutes on Friday, but Jacque Vaughn went a different direction against the Sixers tonight. He's likely to rejoin the rotation before long, but this should be the final straw for any fantasy owners still hanging onto him in average leagues.
Nicholson scoes eight points in 16 minutes | 03/05/2013 12:18 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson played just 16 minutes on Monday, scoring eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and one assist.
ImpactNicholson did not record a steal or block and he has struggled enough to be dropped in standard formats. Just keep an eye on him to see if he can get his act together.
Andrew Nicholson scores 17 points | 03/01/2013 11:15 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson shot 7-of-8 from the field for 17 points with no boards, one assist and two turnovers in just 17 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.
ImpactIt was the was the third game in a row in which he logged just 17 minutes. Things aren't looking good for Nicholson and his arrow is pointing down with Tobias Harris taking his lunch money.
Andrew Nicholson gets just 17 minutes | 02/26/2013 11:03 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson played just 17 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 13 points, two rebounds and a block in a win over the Sixers.
ImpactAl Harrington made his debut tonight after multiple knee surgeries, played 12 minutes and appeared to limit Nicholson's playing time, while the emergence of Tobias Harris isn't helping, either. But let's see what happens in the next one before panicking if you own Nicholson, as Harrington probably isn't going to be able to handle heavy minutes going forward.
Andrew Nicholson scores 14 points in 33 mins. | 02/23/2013 1:53 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored 14 points with one board, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes during Friday's 88-82 loss to the Grizzlies.
ImpactHe's basically the last man standing at power forward and coach Jacque Vaughn is probably going to play him as many minutes as he can handle. Nicholson turned some heads during NBA Summer League and he'll have a tremendous opportunity here. Any owner that needs a power forward can give him a look.
Andrew Nicholson plays 31 minutes Wed. | 02/21/2013 1:59 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson played 31 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday and scored 10 points with seven rebounds and two assists.
ImpactKyle O'Quinn didn't score in four minutes while Gustavo Ayon only scored four in 12 minutes. Nicholson looks to have the inside track for minutes at power forward, but the Magic could be getting some frontcourt help tomorrow. He's still worth a look for any owner looking for big man help.
Andrew Nicholson double-doubles vs. CHA | 02/19/2013 10:55 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson made the start on Tuesday and had 13 points, 12 rebounds and a steal on 5-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes in a loss to the Bobcats.
ImpactNicholson came in averaging 12 points and six rebounds over his previous five games, and those numbers are going up after this one. This was just his second double-double of the season, but both have come in February. As long as Nicholson continues to start for the Magic, he's worth grabbing in many fantasy leagues.
Andrew Nicholson goes for 10 & 6 in loss | 02/13/2013 10:58 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson started and had 10 points and six rebounds on 5-of-9 shooting in 28 minutes as the Magic were blown out at home by the Hawks Wednesday.
ImpactNicholson is an interesting fantasy prospect right now, and Josh McRoberts actually started over him in the second half, when the game was already decided. McBob finished with zero points in six minutes, and Nicholson's value could be impacted when Al Harrington comes back from knee surgery after the break. But Nicholson has enough upside to be given a close look going forward, as long as he hangs onto the starting power forward job.
Andrew Nicholson plays 22 minutes vs. POR | 02/10/2013 9:56 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson only played 22 minutes in Sunday's win, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block.
ImpactGustavo Ayon blew up in a reserve role and Nikola Vucevic was a rebound magnet, as usual, so Nicholson wound up on the short end of the rotation. Inconsistency is a given, but there's enough upside here to own Orlando's starting PF in most leagues.
Nicholson hits 21 & 8; Vucevic posts 25 & 13 | 02/09/2013 1:46 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 31 minutes on Friday against the Cavs.
ImpactNicholson has shown the ability to put up numbers, and despite the fact that he will deal with some inconsistency, he is a quickly emerging stash candidate. The Magic have little to no reason not to give him big developmental minutes down the stretch. Nikola Vucevic added a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds in Friday's loss.
Andrew Nicholson has 11 pts, 6 reb off bench | 02/04/2013 10:28 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson finished Monday's ugly defeat with 11 points and six boards in 28 minutes off the bench.
ImpactThe bench role isn't surprising considering how awful he was as the starting PF on Saturday, when he scored six points with three turnovers and four personal fouls in 10 minutes. There's some upside here, but Nicholson has been far too erratic for use in average leagues.
Andrew Nicholson scores six with no boards | 02/03/2013 12:27 AM
NewsAndrew Nicholson made all three of his field goals for six point with one block in just 10 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.
ImpactHe had a big line of Friday with 14 and 10, but he lost all of his momentum with this dud. Nicholson hasn't been able to string games together for much of the season and has never scored in double figures for three games in a row, so those in deeper leagues that want to grab him might want to temper expectations.
Andrew Nicholson double-doubles Friday | 02/01/2013 11:06 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson had a double-double on Friday with 14 points and 10 boards, adding one assist, one steal and two block in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.
ImpactIt was his first double-double of his career and his best game as a pro. Nicholson did stumble the last time Glen Davis missed time, but he did show some flashes. He's worth a look in some deeper formats. Gustavo Ayon played just seven minutes and didn't score.
Nicholson to start in Big Baby's old slot | 02/01/2013 8:31 PM
NewsAndrew Nicholson will start at power forward in Friday's game against the Celtics.
ImpactNicholson is the most interesting fantasy play in the junkyard of potential beneficiaries of Big Baby's foot injury. We wouldn't drop anybody of consistent value to make a speculative add before tonight's contest, but if you have dead weight or a low-upside player then it's worth considering a roll of the dice.
Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Playoff Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Minutes||38.5||at Phi||Dec 3||32.8|
|FG Made||8||4 times-last:at Chi||last:Apr 14||10|
|FG Attempts||16||vs. LAC||Nov 6||14|
|3Pts Made||3||2 times-last:at Chi||last:Apr 14||0|
|3Pts Attempts||6||at Cha||Dec 11||0|
|FT Made||6||vs. Phx||Nov 24||5|
|FT Attempts||6||vs. Phx||Nov 24||6|
|Total Rebounds||11||3 times-last:at Mem||last:Dec 9||12|
|Offensive Rebounds||3||3 times-last:at Cle||last:Jan 2||3|
|Defensive Rebounds||10||at Mem||Dec 9||10|
|Assists||2||3 times-last:at Mia||last:Mar 1||4|
|Steals||2||3 times-last:at Bro||last:Apr 13||4|
|Blocks||4||at Mem||Dec 9||4|
|Turnovers||3||4 times-last:at Cha||last:Dec 11||4|
|Points||19||3 times-last:at Chi||last:Apr 14||22|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Games Started||28||2012-13 (Orl)|
|FG Made||256||2012-13 (Orl)|
|FG Attempts||486||2012-13 (Orl)|
|3Pts Made||28||2013-14 (Orl)|
|3Pts Attempts||89||2013-14 (Orl)|
|FT Made||75||2012-13 (Orl)|
|FT Attempts||94||2012-13 (Orl)|
|Total Rebounds||258||2012-13 (Orl)|
|Total Rebounds/Game||3.4||2012-13 (Orl)|