Add all of that offseason work up and it’s led to Nicholson being one of the Magic’s most impressive and improved players early this season. His individual strides – along with the gains from Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and Kyle O’Quinn – have helped the Magic become a feel-good story early this season. The Magic (2-2) pushed Indiana and Minnesota to the limit last week and then throttled New Orleans and Brooklyn in home wins the past three days. The Magic led by as much as 23 points and rolled to a 107-86 pasting of the star-studded Nets on Sunday night.

Nicholson admitted on Monday that it’s especially gratifying to see all of the tireless work that he and his teammates put in over the summer to be paying off in a big way now for the Magic.

``I feel a lot more confident now when I get the ball because I put in a lot of repetitions over the summer time. It’s so nice now to see it translating over to this season,’’ the second-year power forward said. ``It’s very gratifying to see success now, but we have to keep going. It’s a long season, so it’s just a matter of continuing to keep pushing.’’

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