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Injuries press Andrew Nicholson into Magic's starting five

The third-year big man will get his first start of the 2014/15 season against Denver.

Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson
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Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson is set to make his first start of the 2014/15 season on Sunday, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, owing to Dewayne Dedmon's sprained ankle and Channing Frye's illness.

Nicholson, 25, is averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in his third pro season. He has not started a game since April 4th, 2014, when he went scoreless in 13 minutes, with three boards, in a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Dedmon sprained his ankle in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Rockets and has missed Orlando's last two games heading into Sunday's contest against the Denver Nuggets. Frye had filled in for Dedmon in those contests, averaging 10.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting, but he has fallen ill, says Robbins.

Orlando made Nicholson the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He is the Magic's longest-tenured player.

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