The playoffs are no longer a realistic target for the Orlando Magic, who've lost 21 of their last 23 games to dip into a tie for 13th place in the Eastern Conference. With the postseason out of reach for their team, Magic fans have turned their eyes toward NBA Draft prospects, as well as the state of Orlando's current crop of youngsters. The idea now is to focus on the Magic's future core.

Andrew Nicholson, the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is one such core piece. The four-year player from St. Bonaventure came highly touted for his refined low-post offense and reliable jump-shooting touch out to around the college three-point line. And in his rookie season, Nicholson has produced about as advertised, leading the Magic in points per 36 minutes (17.9) and shooting a crisp 52.9 percent from the floor.

And yet Nicholson, like the rest of Orlando's rookies, hasn't managed to earn consistent, heavy playing time. He ranks 10th on the team in minutes per game, at 14.8 overall. More worrisome for some fans, however, is that he can't get big minutes even when players in front of him get injured.