We’re almost at the end of summer, which means it’s time for NBA players to start showing off the skills they’ve developed over the summer. For Andrew Nicholson, that means showing off he can take of Jared Dudley’s role as the Wizards’ stretch four. Based on this video from his shooting coach Chris Matthews (more on him here) things are looking promising:
Rather than debate what exactly it means that Nicholson is able to hit ten threes in a row from that spot during practice, let’s take a second to talk about what exactly it would mean if Nicholson can hit consistently from that spot.
The right wing was Nicholson’s sweet spot last season. He shot 42.4 percent from that spot. Next season, he could get even more looks from that spot, considering the Wizards took more threes from that area than any other spot on the floor. Jared Dudley was one of the players who let it fly the most from that area, attempting 117 of his 238 threes from that zone. Thing is, he only shot 35.9 percent from that zone, which actually made it his least effective spot behind the arc.
If Nicholson can hit from that spot with more regularity, that could help the Wizards spread the floor better next season, which would help make things easier for the rest of the team’s new bench pieces. We’ll see how well Nicholson’s shooting translates to the regular season, but there are reasons to be optimistic.