Team: Orlando Magic
College: Indiana Hoosiers
Analysis: The Magic viewed Oladipo as the best player in the draft, which is why they selected him with the #2 overall pick. Oladipo was one of the most improved players in college basketball over the last few years and it all culminated in an excellent 2012-13 season. Oladipo averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He shot 59.9% from the floor, 44.1% from beyond the arc and 74.6% from the charity stripe.
Talent and work ethic will be no issue to Oladipo in terms of playing time. The problem is the Magic return shooting guard Arron Afflalo, a veteran who led the Magic in scoring 16.5 points per game) before going down with an injury last year. The Magic flirted with the idea of dealing Afflalo in the offseason (and discussed an Eric Bledsoe for Afflalo swap before the Clippers acquired former Magic guard J.J. Redick) so there is a still a possibility the Magic trade Afflalo to clear the way for Oladipo.
As it stands now, Afflalo will start while Oladipo likely comes off the bench.
During the Orlando Pro Summer League, the Magic used Oladipo at point guard. Considering the Magic only have the unproductive Ronnie Price and another shooting guard turned point guard in E’Twaun Moore behind veteran Jameer Nelson at point guard, Oladipo could see time backing up both positions. Despite Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan continuing to call Oladipo a “guard” rather than a shooting guard or a wing, Oladipo’s future is at the two.
Whether or not Oladipo starts probably doesn’t matter. He’s going to play as much as any rookie and on a team that has nothing that can really be considered a go-to-guy (Afflalo and forward Tobias Harris are the closest things they have), Oladipo is going to have plenty of chances to put the ball in the basket.
Oladipo should be considered one of, if not the, favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award.
Statistical Projection: 29 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg