ORLANDO — If the latest swirl of rumors prove true and the Dwight Howard circus finally ends with guard Jason Richardson joining the All-Star center in a trade package to Brooklyn, the Magic will be without three of their current top four scorers. Forward Ryan Anderson will be shipped to New Orleans.
That means the Magic will be in an all-out rebuilding mode and will have a glaring need for a go-to scorer next season.
So here came Andrew Nicholson with a quite timely debut in the AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League on Monday.
The No. 19 pick in the draft appeared very comfortable, displayed an array of offensive moves and converted a three-point play that put the Magic in front for good in a win over the Nets.
“I just played my game, used my versatility and length,” Nicholson said after making 8-of-16 shots for 24 points and also collecting 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.