Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted earlier in the week that the Orlando Magic are expected to give first-round draft pick, Victor Oladipo, a “major” run at point guard during the NBA Summer League.
Jameer Nelson isn’t getting any younger. Not to mention, he is injury prone, and after missing out on the Eric Bledsoe sweepstakes, the Magic are still looking to add another point guard to the mix.
As long as Aaron Afflalo is still on the roster, he’ll likely be taking minutes away from Oladipo at his natural position, so it’s not a stretch to say the Magic are giving Oladipo a serious look at the point.
Once it was reported he was going to be playing some point guard, the comparisons to Russell Westbrook immediately started. Oladipo and Westbrook do have similarities, both are supreme athletes and both came into the league without a reliable jump shot, but Westbrook is far more comfortable on the ball than we’ve seen from Oladipo.
Oladipo was at his best on offense when he was free to move off the ball, and one of his major question marks was his ball-handling ability. However, as we’ve heard, Oladipo is an incredibly hard worker, so it’s possible the Magic could be on to something.
I fully expect Oladipo to improve the consistency of his jump shot and his ball-handling ability, but the point guard position comes with attributes that can’t necessarily be taught.
The ability to see the floor and plays developing differently than the other players is what makes point guards like Chris Paul so valuable. Although Oladipo would be a phenomenal defender at the position, I can’t see him turning into a guy who can control the offense in half-court situations.
The Magic should definitely give him minutes at the point in the Summer League, but once the season starts they must put him back in his most comfortable position to get the most out of him.