For Scott Skiles, first Magic trick is figuring out frontcourt
JUN 20, 1:00p ET | Ken Hornack
Rotowire: Jul 25 / 8:32a ET
News: Nicholson exploded for 31 points (12-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 10 rebounds, and one block in 37 minutes for Team Canada in Saturday's 111-108 win over Team U.S.A.
Impact: Nicholson exited the game in the final minute due to cramps, but he should be fine for Canada's matchup in the finals on Saturday against Team Brazil. Through four contests in the Pan American Games, he's averaging 20.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Nicholson historically thrives in the international forum, but he's never had the backing of his NBA coaches. A post player forced to extend his range, Nicholson hasn't been able to hit the NBA three-pointer or play passable defense. The assortment of talented frontcourt players in the Magic's system hinders Nicholson's chances of cracking the rotation this season.
Rotowire: May 7 / 8:36a ET
News: Nicholson played a team-low 12.3 minutes per game in a career-low 40 contests and averaged 4.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks.
Impact: Nicholson had his best game on the final day of the regular season, scoring a season-high 18 points and corralling a season-high nine rebounds. Other than that one footnote, Nicholson was only called upon in garbage time under former coach Jacque Vaughn and at season's end after the Magic was eliminated from playoff contention. With the glut of forwards entrenched in the Magic's front court, combined with Nicholson's inability to make his mark on either end of the court, next season could very well be a carbon copy of this past season.