Victor Oladipo selected No. 2 by Magic in NBA draft
The Magic selected Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Oladipo and how he fits with Orlando:
Bio: Indiana | Junior | Shooting Guard
Vitals: 6-4, 213 pounds
2012-13 Statistics: 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 59.9 percent shooting in 36 games.
Strengths: One of the most disruptive perimeter defenders in college basketball, Oladipo brings pride and intensity to every matchup. He’s also a plus-rebounder for his size, grabbing 6.3 per game last season. On the other end of the floor, Oladipo is a strong finisher in the open court. As Andy Glockner noted, he made 64.4 percent of his two-point field goal attempts this past season, a strong mark for any player, let alone a guard.
Weaknesses: The biggest question mark with Oladipo is his jumper. He made 18-of-74 threes in his first two seasons before nailing a respectable 30-of-68 (44.1 percent) as a junior. Was it a breakthrough or a fluke? He’ll need a reliable jumper to play the 2-spot in the NBA.
What Scouts Say: “Love his makeup. Great worker. On defense, he plays like Tony Allen. He took very limited attempts to get that high [three-point] percentage. My question is, Has he had his big jump already of improvement? The fact that he’s a top-five pick is an indictment of this draft.”
Team Fit: Orlando is looking to pick up dependable assets at this point in their construction, and landed arguably the safest prospect in the draft with Oladipo. He might be a bit small to swing between both wing positions without fail, but Oladipo is assertive enough in coverage to harass opponents even when he gives up a few inches to his mark. He should compete defensively even as his knowledge of NBA spacing and coverage gets up to speed, which the Magic may well need if they decide to trade Arron Afflalo as has been reported. Plus, Oladipo should benefit from playing at the next level, in that he won’t be required to create quite so much off the dribble.