By Kareem Gantt on April 17, 2014
With much due respect to the stellar play of Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, there is one player above him who deserves to be the 2013-14 NBA's Rookie of the Year. That player is Orlando Magic combo guard Victor Oladipo. Why does he deserves the ROY? Let's find out.
Oladipo is a coach's dream. He is the rare type of player who is willing to do whatever is asked of him. Whether it's providing an offensive punch to the starting lineup or playing the sixth man, Oladipo took every assignment in stride and never once whined about playing time.
Every NBA scout loved his defensive skills but questioned his offensive skills -- mainly his outside shot. 13.9 points per game, 33 percent from the three-point range and dishing out four assists per game will silence those critics. And he is only going to get better.
Oladipo has the same wingspan as Dwyane Wade, and just like the Heat's superstar, Oladipo put his wingspan to good use. He was second among rookies in steals this year and even had a few highlight blocks. And his defense will only get stronger next year.
Oladipo has the great knack of making his teammates better while he is on the court, and Magic players and coaches have praised him on his maturity this season.
Unlike Carter-Williams, Oladipo was surrounded by talent, so he was not expected to carry the Magic like Carter-Williams had to carry the Sixers. This fact is important, because Carter-Williams' numbers were influenced by the fact that he was the only offensively capable Sixer. Oladipo never had this problem, which makes his numbers even more impressive. Look for him to be playing playoff ball next season.
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