Andrew Fabian Nicholson (born December 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
As a senior in 2011–12, Nicholson earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors in addition to All-American Honorable Mention, and first-team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Defensive team honors. He became the seventh player in the 35-year history of the league to earn both Rookie and Player of the Year honors and the first St. Bonaventure Bonnie to earn the top overall award since Earl Belcher won two in a row in 1980 and 1981. He also became the first Player in the history of the league to earn four straight Player of the Week awards. He scored his 2,000th career point and averaged a double-double in the final week of the season, posting 25.5 points and 11.0 rebounds. In 32 games (all starts), he averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game. He finished his four-year career at St. Bonaventure with 2,103 points, 887 rebounds and 244 blocks in 123 games (118 starts).
On June 28, 2012, Nicholson was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. On July 3, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Magic and joined them for the NBA Summer League. In his first summer league game, he recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Brooklyn Nets. He started 28 games that season. Nicholson made his regular season debut on November 2, 2012, against the Denver Nuggets, coming off the bench to record 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in a 102–89 win. He made his first career start on December 21, 2012, against the Toronto Raptors in place of the injured Glen Davis. He finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in a 93–90 loss. On December 29, he scored a career-high 22 points in a blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors. He recorded his first career double-double in a start against the Boston Celtics on February 1, 2013, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 97–84 loss.
On February 10, 2013, Nicholson was selected to replace the injured Andre Drummond for the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 17 in Houston, Texas
After appearing in just two of the Magic’s first 11 games to start the 2015–16 season, Nicholson began to pick up game time and production from November 18 onwards. On November 23, 2015, Nicholson scored a season-high 18 points and 8 rebounds in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On December 8, 2015, he recorded 8 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in an 85–74 win over the Denver Nuggets. After going scoreless in four straight games in mid-January, Nicholson was dropped from the rotation and did not play against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 20, 2016, his first DNP since November 14, 2015. On March 20, 2016, Nicholson recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds in a 105–100 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Five days later, he scored a then season-high 19 points in a 108–97 loss to the Miami Heat. On March 29, he scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting in a 139–105 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
On July 7, 2016, Nicholson signed a four-year, $26 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
Career highlights and awards
AP Honorable mention All-American (2012)
Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (2012)
2× First-team All-Atlantic 10 (2011, 2012)
Second-team All-Atlantic 10 (2010)
Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP (2012)
Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team (2012)
Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year (2010)
No. 44 retired by St. Bonaventure
FIBA Americas Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Mexico City National team
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto National team