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Andrew Nicholson (basketball)

Andrew Nicholson
No. 44 – Orlando Magic
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-12-08) December 8, 1989 (age 30)
Mississauga, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
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Career information
High school Father Michael Goetz
(Mississauga, Ontario)
College St. Bonaventure (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Fabian Nicholson (born December 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for St. Bonaventure University before being drafted 19th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Magic.

High school career

Nicholson was a late bloomer when it came to basketball; he did not start playing until the 8th grade for the Ruth's Chapel Christian School Bulldogs, in New Bern, NC where he played for 2 years under Coach Carey Willis and Carlie Metts before transferring to Father Michaels'. Due to a broken ankle, he missed the entire summer circuit prior to his senior season. For Nicholson, baseball was his first passion but as he grew in size and athleticism, he chose the game of basketball. Nicholson only gained recognition in his senior and 5th year. He was named to the Toronto Star High School All-Stars in 2007 and 2008, and was also named MVP of five different tournaments.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Andrew Nicholson
Mississauga, Ontario Father Michael Goetz Secondary School (ON) Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". Oct 17, 2007 
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College statistics

Freshman year

As a freshman at St. Bonaventure in 2008–09, Nicholson earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year honors after winning the A-10 Rookie of the Week award a program record six times. He also earned Freshman All-American team honors. He made 25 starts out of 30 games played and led all freshmen nationally in field goal percentage (.602) and blocks (81). He averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game.[2]

Sophomore year

As a sophomore in 2009–10, Nicholson earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors after starting all 30 games and averaging 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 30.2 minutes per game. He ranked 18th nationally, and second in the A-10, in field goal percentage at .564 (198-351), the ninth-best season total in program history. He scored a season-high 29 points on two separate occasions, the first of which came on 11-of-13 shooting from the floor with a career-best 14 rebounds against Norfolk State on November 28; second came at Duquesne on January 23, where he played the full 40 minutes.[2]

Junior year

As a junior in 2010–11, Nicholson was an Atlantic 10 Preseason and All-Defensive first team selection, and went on to earn first-team All-Atlantic 10 and first-team NABC All-District honors. He also earned Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for the week of December 20 with eventual conference Player of the Year Tu Holloway. He became the 38th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier with a foul-line jumper in the first half of the Niagara game on December 11, 2010.[3] In 31 games (all starts), he averaged 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds in 33.8 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 44 points, on 14-of-19 field goals and 16-of-25 from the free throw line, while pulling down 12 rebounds in a four-overtime thriller against Ohio on December 18, the longest game in SBU history.[2]

Senior year

As a senior in 2011–12, Nicholson earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors in addition to All-American Honorable Mention, and first-team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Defensive team honors. He became the seventh player in the 35-year history of the league to earn both Rookie and Player of the Year honors and the first St. Bonaventure Bonnie to earn the top overall award since Earl Belcher won two in a row in 1980 and 1981. He also became the first Player in the history of the league to earn four straight Player of the Week awards. He scored his 2,000th career point and averaged a double-double in the final week of the season, posting 25.5 points and 11.0 rebounds. In 32 games (all starts), he averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game.[2] He finished his four-year career at St. Bonaventure with 2,103 points, 887 rebounds and 244 blocks in 123 games (118 starts).

College statistics

2008–09 St. Bonaventure 30 25 25.1 .602 .000 .613 6.0 .2 .6 2.7 12.5
2009–10 St. Bonaventure 30 30 30.2 .564 .000 .760 7.1 .5 .2 1.8 16.4
2010–11 St. Bonaventure 31 31 33.8 .571 .261 .711 7.3 1.0 .5 1.5 20.8
2011–12 St. Bonaventure 32 32 30.1 .571 .434 .776 8.4 1.0 .7 2.0 18.5
Career 123 118 29.9 .575 .377 .720 7.2 .7 .5 2.0 17.1

Professional career

Orlando Magic (2012–present)

2012–13 season

On June 28, 2012, Nicholson was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. On July 3, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Magic and joined the for he NBA Summer League.[4] In his first summer league game, he recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the 92-88 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[5] He went on to make his regular season debut on November 2, 2012 against the Denver Nuggets, coming off the bench to record 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in the 102-89 win. He made his first career start on December 21 against the Toronto Raptors in place of an injured Glen Davis. He finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in the 90-93 loss. He recorded his first career double-double in a start against the Boston Celtics on February 1, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds in the 84-97 loss.[6]

On February 10, 2013, Nicholson was selected to replace the injured Andre Drummond for the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 17 in Houston, Texas.[7]

2013–14 season

In July 2013, Nicholson re-joined the Magic for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On October 26, 2013, the Magic exercised their third-year team option on Nicholson's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[8] After a promising rookie season, Nicholson's production dropped off in 2013–14 despite a good start first half of the season. He scored in double-figures in 11 of the first 23 games, including three double-doubles, and was looking to push for a permanent starting spot. However, following the December 13 game against Cleveland, Nicholson managed just four more double-figure scoring games and finished the season averaging just 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.[9]

2014–15 season

On October 26, 2014, the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Nicholson's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[10]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2012–13 Orlando 75 28 16.7 .527 .000 .798 3.4 .6 .3 .4 7.8
2013–14 Orlando 76 5 15.4 .429 .315 .825 3.4 .3 .2 .3 5.7
2014–15 Orlando 40 3 12.3 .437 .317 .600 2.1 .6 .2 .3 4.9
Career 191 36 16.0 .474 .315 .778 3.1 .5 .3 .4 6.4

Personal life

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Nicholson is the son of Fabian and Colmaleen Nicholson, and has an older brother, Gary.[2] At St. Bonaventure, he began with a major in chemistry, but later switched his focus to physics.[2]

Nicholson wears size 18 shoes.[11] He has a 7'4" wingspan, and an 8'11" arm span, with hands 10" in height and 11" in width.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "St. Bonaventure's Nicholson becoming extraordinary". November 19, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "44 - Andrew Nicholson". Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Nicholson Surpasses 1,000 Points, Niagara Gets By SBU
  4. ^ "Magic Sign Andrew Nicholson". July 3, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nets at Magic". July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Nicholson 2012-13 Game Log". Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Andrew Nicholson to replace Andre Drummond in Rising Stars game
  8. ^ "Magic Exercise Contract Options on Harkless, Harris, Nicholson and Vucevic". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 26, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Andrew Nicholson 2013-14 Game Log". Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Magic Exercise Contract Options on Fournier, Harkless, Nicholson and Oladipo". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 26, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "OOB Nicholson". March 7, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Prospect Profile: Andrew Nicholson". Retrieved June 29, 2012. 

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