Victor Oladipo has split time between point guard and shooting guard this season, but now is looking for more focus. He told Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinal that “it would be nice” if the team settled on a position so he can focus his off-season workouts. But Oladipo has handled the uncertainty like a pro, “Either way, if they tell me or not, when the off-season comes, I’m going to go into the summer time and go to work like I always do.”
Oladipo has struggled at times during his rookie season with both his shot and his handle. He’s hitting only 29.1% of his threes and turning the ball over 3.3 times per game. Conventional wisdom suggests that Oladipo could be better off with a predefined role so that he doesn’t have so many things to focus on. The NBA is such a big transition from college that keeping things simple is often the key to a rookie’s success.
But with the team mired in another losing season coach Jacque Vaughn is keeping an open mind. “I think it would be a mistake to pigeon-hole him into exactly how we want him to play on the floor … His ability to be versatile, his ability to do things on instinct, is to our advantage.” In reality, the Magic won’t make any decisions about his future position until the NBA draft this June.
The Orlando Magic are very high on two point guard prospects, Marcus Smart and Dante Exum, but their real prize is Andrew Wiggins. If the Magic draft a point guard in June, Oladipo figures to stay at shooting guard. But if the team drafts at any other position, they may be forced to continue to develop him at point guard. For now at least, the uncertainty doesn’t appear to be crippling his play. Oladipo had hi best game of the season versus the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, scoring a career high 35 points. Of course that has to come with the caveat that he had 8 turnovers.
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