Even some of the most devoted NBA fans may be unfamiliar with Andrew Nicholson. The name may ring a bell, but if you’ve heard of him, you’ve probably never had the opportunity or don’t even recall seeing him play. This is because he left the NBA only four years after being chosen. This is why Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green still laments the fact that Nicholson was chosen ahead of him in the 2012 NBA Draft.
On a recent episode of Wave Sports + Entertainment’s Podcast P with Paul George, the Warriors talisman was asked who he thought was the most ludicrous athlete picked before him. Draymond had a certain player in mind:
“The most ridiculous? Which one? I mean shit… Listen not to throw salt at anybody but Andrew Nicholson was drafted over me at No. 19,” Greens said. “Like you don’t even know how to pronounce his school [St. Bonaventure].”
Green chose to get personal at this moment, criticizing Nicholson’s physique:
“Right now, you’re all comparing us to big men who can play back to the basket and face up. And, number one, he doesn’t even look like a basketball player,” Green added. “I always tell people that looking like a basketball player is half the battle when it comes to winning.” When you’re on a team and you see people on the opposite side of the court who don’t look like basketball players, you automatically lose respect for those guys. So I’m thinking, “Wait, this guy doesn’t even look like a basketball player.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have Adonis’s body, but I just don’t see it. That was the one that really, really, really irritated me! There were a few others that came before me, but that was the one.”
Needless to say, Draymond Green is irritated that a player like Andrew Nicholson was picked ahead of him, and he’s been keeping an eye on him.
For what it’s worth, Nicholson was taken by the Orlando Magic as the No. 19 overall pick – a full 16 spots ahead of Green, who went No. 35 to the Warriors. The 6-foot-9 power forward began his career with the Orlando Magic before moving on to the Washington Wizards (and eventually the Brooklyn Nets) in his fifth and final season. While Draymond Green is now a four-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, we have no idea where Andrew Nicholson is right now.