DENVER — The Nets didn’t just get one first-round pick from Washington for Bojan Bogdanovic, they got two. Andrew Nicholson was the 19th overall pick by Orlando in the 2012 draft, and it’s clear the Nets are intrigued by his potential along with that of K.J. McDaniels, who was acquired from Houston for cash considerations on Thursday.
Both newcomers were at shootaround before the Nets game Friday night against the Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Nets general manager Sean Marks noted that Nets assistant Jacque Vaughn was head coach at Orlando and had insight to Nicholson. Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson also has past experience with Nicholson.
“Andrew will bring some rebounding,” Atkinson said. “He’s shown the ability to shoot the ball from three-point range, and we also realize he can score in the post . . . I had the opportunity to coach against him this summer with Canada and was impressed with his skill level, his length. He’s got a 7-foot wingspan. We think he can protect the rim for us.”
After working against him one day in practice, Brook Lopez said Nicholson “is ready to contribute right away.”
The fact Quincy Acy (ankle) was inactive figured to give Nicholson an early opportunity.
“I definitely see an opportunity to be part of a rebuilding process,” Nicholson said. “I’m just excited to be a part of something that’s going to be big. These guys are really competitive and they have a lot of heart.”
Describing his own game, Nicholson added, “It’s an old-school game, a lot of pump fakes, up-and-unders. It’s something I’m used to doing and that I will keep getting better at.”
McDaniels is an athletic wing with defensive skills.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me,” he said after practicing with the Nets for the first time Friday morning. “I’ll be able to show Brooklyn what I do, and play both ends of the court and just try to bring energy.”