Victor Oladipo was one of the most talked about NBA prospects throughout all of last year’s college basketball season, and rightfully so. Arguably the most NBA-ready guard, Oladipo possessed some of the best intangibles on both ends of the floor. With the number two pick, the Orlando Magic took the stud out of Indiana without hesitation.
In his rookie campaign, Oladipo may not find himself in the starting lineup right away, but throughout the season he will get plenty of minutes — and not just at shooting guard.
With starting point guard Jameer Nelson having little experience behind him aside from Ronnie Price — an eight year veteran — it would not surprise anyone to see Oladipo get some run as Nelson’s backup. In fact, according to the team website, Oladipo is the number two point guard on the depth chart right now, as well as being the primary backup to starting shooting guard Arron Afflalo.
Throughout college, Oladipo displayed tremendous ability to get to the basket on isolation and pick and roll situations. In the summer league, he did that in a convincing manner, attempting 40 free throws in just four games. For this reason, Oladipo would be a fantastic option at backup point guard for a few minutes per game.
He also has the ability to lock down his opponents on the perimeter, including some of the better point guards he’s faced. He says he loves to play defense and it’s one of his favorite parts of the game — and it shows.
The Magic would be very wise to try Oladipo at both guard spots this year to see where he fits best, or if he’d wind up being a solid swing guard. His versatility has to be one of the bigger reasons the Magic drafted him second overall because of their lack of depth at both positions.
If Oladipo can get a good 25-30 minutes per game playing a mix of both positions, Orlando would be putting him in the best scenario to succeed. Not only that, but they would be putting themselves in the best position to win.