Cohen's Analysis: Especially for rookies that were not selected in the top 10 in the draft, it’s extremely difficult to forecast their ultimate potential.
As long as injuries don’t impede their progress, you know Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard will be perennial All-Star caliber players. You know guys like Harrison Barnes and Dion Waiters will be valuable assets for their respective teams.
But for those with a more ambiguous ceiling like Andrew Nicholson, who was chosen 19th by the Magic, the final results are far more indeterminate.
We have already identified Drew’s profound strengths – a remarkably smooth touch around the basket, a feathery jump shot and outstanding footwork in the post. He also has shown a propensity to defend the more athletic fours (like Josh Smith on Wednesday) and utilize his long arms to obstruct shots.
Nicholson’s first season is going very well. He is exceeding expectations. What will be the final product? If his body will adapt to extensive offseason weight training and he adequately bulks up, Drew has a chance to become one of the top power forwards in the league.