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Victor Oladipo as Magic’s point guard?

Jul 1, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

Victor Oladipo

The Magic, reportedly, wanted to draft a point guard with the No. 2 pick in the draft. But Marcus Smart went back to Oklahoma State, and drafting Michigan’s Trey Burke, Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams or Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum that high probably would have been a reach.

So, Orlando took Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo instead.

But maybe the Magic got their point guard of the future, anyway. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

First of all, this is just summer league, and it doesn’t matter much. Plus, Oladipo faces legitimate ball-handling questions for a shooting guard, let alone a point guard.

But I like the plan.

Oladipo has more upside as a point guard, because that’s a more important position, so what’s the harm in trying? There’s plenty of time to adjust back to shooting guard if it doesn’t work. In the meantime, Oladipo will get a crash course that will help improve his biggest weakness.

And even if Oladipo struggles as a point guard in the summer league, Orlando could continue getting him helpful reps there during the regular season in an effort to tank for Andrew Wiggins. Win-win.

  1. gmsalpha - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    A young Russell Westbrook? You make it sound like Westbrook is in the tail end of his career.

    I think it’s definitely worth a try. The Magic are still not a playoff contender so there’s not much pressure on the team or on Victor to do amazing things.

    Let’s see how he does with the ball in his hands and develop him. He may not have the highest ceiling, but he’s still a #2 overall pick, so you want to get the most out of him.

  2. dondada10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    If they wanted a pg, they should’ve drafted Burke second.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Why not buy some time with Oladipo trying his hand at PG? If he is that bad, they will get a good draft pick and take a PG in a stronger draft.

      If he can be a scoring ball handler then they got something extra out of their pick. It’s not like their title chances hinge on his development.

  3. casualcommenter - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    While the Magic are playing Oladipo at PG, I don’t think that means Oladipo at PG is part of their long-term plans.

    As the article notes, ball-handling is a weakness of Oladipo, and it’d be a LOT to ask a rookie with questionable ball-handling skills to switch from SG to PG for a full-season against NBA-level competition.

    I think this move is being done more towards giving Oladipo as much practice as possible handling the ball, with an eye towards making him a good secondary-ball handler (one of the traditional roles of a shooting guard).

    After all – if they really wanted Oladipo to become a PG long-term, why would they be in talks to trade Arron Afflalo – a solid shooting guard – away to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Bledsoe (a point guard)?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I’m not a Magic fan, but a Bledsoe-Oladipo-Harkless-Nicholson-Vucevic core would be a very young group with some serious talent, and the Magic would have a ton of cap room in 2014 to add talent to that core.

      • cmehustle - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:15 AM

        I love your thinking. Oladipo is a lot of things but a PG is not one of them. Dudes is a two or three dribble drive to the whoop guy. Definetly not a pound the rock guy.

      • money2long - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        try tobias harris instead of nicholson

  4. 13arod - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    is he going to be starting because I can’t see him starting over Nelson unless they trade him

    • cmehustle - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:17 AM

      No he wouldnt start over Nelson, Nelson is an actual PG. Oladipo is not. If they would have drafted Trey Burke, Burke would have started over Nelson. Or MCW. Or Schroeder. Pretty much any PG they would have drafted would have started over Nelson. Nelson is pretty average.

  5. hojo20 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I’m so sick of Andrew Wiggins talk.

    • money2long - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      oh, so i see it has you “wigging out”

    • powerpc20 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      you’re sick now? check back in 6 months and see if that goes away…. not.

  6. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Okay – I can only like this for the purpose of helping his ball handling and passing but let him play as a 2 and try and trade for an Eric Bledsoe type guy. Don’t confuse him positionally as that only hurts a players development (e.g. Tyreke)

  7. savvybynature - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    “Oladipo has more upside as a point guard, because that’s a more important position”

    Point guards get a lot of attention, but when is the last time a PG led a team to a championship? Since Jerry West? It’s arguable if it even is a more important position. (I can name a couple shooting guards who had bigger impacts on the game than any point guard in the last 20 years: Jordan and Kobe)
    Also, even if it were true that PGs were more important, your logic is still faulty. You could say he has more upside as a center because that’s a more important position too, but that doesn’t mean he would help your team more as a center.
    I think too much is being read into it, and it’s just to get him some reps handling the ball and being a playmaker. When the season opens, my money is firmly on him being a shooting guard.

  8. bruiserbrigade - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    The Suns are doing the same with Archie Goodwin,although he has a much better handle than Vic. I like it, gives them a chance to develop guard skills and court-vision. It also hides an inconsistent jump shot.

  9. metalhead65 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    yeah make him do what he has never done before and that will be great for his development won’t it? and I am sure the fans will be patient and the “experts” will not give him a hard time and jump on him for being picked to high or being a bust if he does not start and play well there right?

  10. jimfix - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Having watched and rooted for Vic very closely the last three years at Indiana, I kind of doubt he has the handle to run the point in the NBA. Of all of his skills, ball handling is easily his worst. I can’t count how many times he dribbled the ball off his foot or tried to crossover and got it stolen and that was in college…

    Of course, he didn’t really have an outside shot until he worked on it last offseason and developed it either, so I supposed if he’s willing to put in the work anything is possible.

    • money2long - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      em em..i believe it goes a little more like this….
      “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ”

      thank u KG for that awesome clip that will last through time

  11. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    They just want to give him experience handling the rock while there is no pressure. He won’t be their PG, at least not right away… meaning a couple of years at least.

    His handle needs work and no better way than to begin practicing right away on it…

    I mean I’d rather him work on it now through the summer than for him to go into the season this fall without having had a chance to work on it in such as fashion as this.

    It only makes sense for him to do this in summer league…

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