Nicholson made six of 10 shots in Wednesday’s debut, but the most glaring one was the 3-pointer that he drilled from the right corner off a feed from Oladipo. He never attempted a 3-pointer during his rookie season, but he never hesitated on Wednesday and shot the ball with great confidence.
In Nicholson’s eyes, extending his range out to the 3-point line was a natural progression for him. According to NBA.com shot charts, Nicholson 18 of 30 shots (60 percent) from the left wing last season and eight of 15 shots (53.3 percent) from the right wing (16 to 23 feet.) He also made a staggering 18 of 25 shots (72 percent) from straight on beyond the free throw line last season.
Those solid percentages led him to believe that he could expand his range and become a more dangerous weapon in the Magic offense. He isn’t about to become a stretch-four like former Magic standouts Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson – the only two power forwards to lead the league in 3-point makes in NBA history – but he is ready to drill the occasional three when defenses sag off him.