The Orlando Magic got a little taste of just exactly what they invested their number two overall pick in on Sunday afternoon. As they took on the Boston Celtics in a summer league clash, Victor Oladipo showed a few flashes of the kind of player he will be in the NBA.
In a relatively sloppy game overall, Oladipo made sure he was able to do all of the things necessary for his Magic to win the game. His teammates were able to hold the Celtics to 17 points or under in both the second and fourth quarter to grab hold of a solid lead to wind up winning the game 95-88.
Oladipo decided he would break the game open real quickly right off the bat. Draining a three pointer over Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk as the game began, it was clear he was there to win. Almost immediately after hitting his first attempt, he pulled up and hit another to grab six quick points.
As the game progressed, Oladipo depended more on his passing skills to get the job done. Getting his teammates involved and finishing with a game-high seven assists was the difference between his Magic winning when it was all said and done.
Oladipo scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds to go with those seven assists. He also finished with six turnovers, as somewhat expected in a summer league debut. There are things to work on, that is a given. But, overall the Magic are pleased with how the young professional handled himself.
After the game, Oladipo addressed the issue of his teammates so quickly respecting him in tough situations:
“They trust me with the ball in my hands,” he said. “I’m going to go out there and take care of the ball and make good plays to help my team win.”
The Magic drafted a winner, folks, and that is exactly what Oladipo is out to prove — that he can lead his team to victories at the NBA level.