The Phoenix Suns are one of those teams that need as much help as they can get. They have the making of going nowhere fast, which means pretty much any player they get with the fifth overall pick should make a difference. Every position besides point guard must be considered. With that being said, the Suns would be wise to select Indiana Hoosiers forward Victor Oladipo in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Oladipo stepped his game up last season from his previous two years at Indiana. The 6’5”, 214-pound guard/forward averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. He also converted 59.9 percent of his 8.4 field goal attempts and 44.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.
The 21-year-old is not going to be the team’s primary scorer right out of the gate. In fact, he may never be a huge scoring threat in the NBA. Obviously, that has to concern some people in the Suns organization, but the good news is Oladipo has several other outstanding qualities.
Oladipo is one of the most athletic players in the entire draft. He has great size for a guard, and he is physically tough on both sides of the court. He is very quick, as his above-average first step will allow him to blow past defenders. With that being said, his best asset is most definitely on defense. Opposing guards will find it difficult to get past him, as he will use all of his talents to create a turnover or simply stop a play from developing.
The Maryland native does have ball control issues, but he can still get to the basket with ease and finish. Even though his offensive game will most certainly be a work in progress, he can play valuable minutes as a top-not defender for Phoenix.