2013 NBA Draft Profile: Victor Oladipo

By Jeremy Hayes
Pat Lovell-USA Today Sports

If there was one player who was the closest to being the total package at his position in the 2013 NBA Draft, it would have to be prospect from Indiana, shooting guard Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo is one of the more fascinating prospects in the entire draft. At Indiana, he average an impressive field goal percentage of 60 percent in the 2012-13 college basketball season. He also had an impressive amount of blocks at 0.8 per game, which is the most in the draft of any shooting guard, and the fact that he is a guard makes that average phenomenal.

He stands at 6-foot-4 with a long wingspan of 6-foot-9, which makes him a valuable “long-armed” guard that can score and assist. He averaged about  nine assists per game last season.

Draft range: pick No. 2-6.

Kentucky center Nerlens Noel will most likely go No. 1 overall, but rumors are already surfacing about a guard going first overall. Oladipo does not have the highest ceiling as a guard, but he is still a strong defensive player who can easily be an All Star if he develops his offense in the NBA.

Although Oladipo is a great prospect, his draft range is all over the top-10 of the draft. Shooting guards are the richest position in the draft, so a few might be taken before him.

Draft prediction: Orlando Magicpick No. 2.

If the Magic keep their second overall selection, they will draft Oladipo. The Magic could move Maurice Harkless to small forward, and have Oladipo and Jameer Nelson starting at the guard positions.

Overall Prospect Grade: A+


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