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Andrew Nicholson inks deal with Chinese team

Former NBA player Andrew Nicholson has reached a deal with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The 6’9 forward out of St. Bonaventure had previously played for the Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, and Brooklyn Nets.

After being drafted 19th overall by the Magic, Nicholson had a productive rookie season, posting averages of 7.8 points and 3,8 rebounds in 75 games.

Unfortunately, Nicholson’s game never took the expected leap that the Magic predicted, and he remained an average bench player for 3 more seasons with the Magic before being acquired by the Wizards.

In a split season with the Wizards and the Nets, Nicholson barely got playing time, getting less than 10 minutes a game and never carving himself a role on his new teams.

This led to his departure to China and the CBA, where his numbers ballooned in the weaker league to averages of 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Because of his success in the Chinese league, some expected Nicholson to make another attempt at playing in the NBA, but the new contract assures that he will play overseas for at least one more year.

Nicholson is not the only ex-NBAer on his new team and is accompanied by former Louisville Cardinal and New Orleans Pelicans guard Russ Smith.

Like Andrew Nicholson, Smith never became a consistent NBA player, so he turned to the CBA.

We’ve seen NBA players become bonafide CBA superstars like Jimmer Fredette and Stephon Marbury,  and hopefully, these two players can follow in their footsteps.