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Report: Indiana’s Oladipo to declare for draft; likely lottery pick

Apr 9, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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There will be guys declaring for the NBA draft in the next few weeks where we will shake our head and suggest the guy may want to keep working on his degree.

But if you are an NBA lottery pick, in my mind you need to come out. Get the guaranteed payday and start your career sooner rather than taking a year or two off your earning potential.

That’s why I think Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is making the right call — the 6’5 swingman will announce Tuesday he is headed to the draft, reports Jeff Goodman of

DraftExpress has him going No. 5 in the draft.

Oladipo made a big leap this season, he had been an energy and defense guy but his scoring became a lot more efficient (he shot 44.1 percent from three). Nobody ever questioned his athleticism — he can leap out of the building — but he tended to turn the ball over and miss shots.

In Indiana’s final game of the season against Syracuse you saw what he could be at the NBA level — he did a good job defensively on Michael Carter-Williams (when he guarded him) and he hit 5-of-6 shots finishing with 16 points. In the NBA he’s going to be a third or fourth option — not a guy who can create shots but a guy who can take advantage of the looks he does get, plus he can finish in transition.

In this draft, that is a top five pick.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Trey Burke anyday 4 me. That kid can ball. That block was never a foul.

    • money2long - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      i really luv his reaction to the call. lol he had a good reason for it
      he was so shocked, he walked away pissed, trying to keep his head from exploding

  2. aboogy123456 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I have a feeling that this guy is going to be the steal of the draft. He has NBA athleticism and just seems to have that IT factor. If he continues to work hard he could be an all star, we’ll see.

  3. gostlcards5 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    RavenzGunnerz – Apr 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Trey Burke anyday 4 me. That kid can ball. That block was never a foul.


    Kurt didn’t say he was better than Burke. He said he is a lottery pick….clearly correct.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Most rankings services currently have Victor ahead of Burke. May depend on the team and it’s needs when it comes to the draft spots.

      • llfreedman - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        exactly- no superstars in this draft, so most of 1-15 will be chosen by need with possible exception of Noel first.

  4. bifford - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Smart move. I hope he’s playing in a Pistons jersey next year.

  5. senorpapino - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Surefire lottery picks should always go. This guy will be an interesting pro…athletic, good defense, and very underrated on offensive (high FG and 3pt%)

  6. themagicfanguy - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    @ravenz What does Trey Burke have to do with this? Different type of player who will play a different position. Oladipo will easily be a better player anyway. Burke is a combo guard who’s too small to play shooting guard in the NBA and doesn’t have the skills to be a starting point guard in the NBA either. Burke is just a slightly less talented Kemba Walker.

  7. saint1997 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    NOH should draft him and trade Gordon for someone like Granger

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