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Magic to use Victor Oladipo at both guard spots

Sep 13, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

Victor Oladipo AP

At Summer League, the Orlando Magic decided to play just drafted Victor Oladipo at the point in what was seen then as an experiment — could the rookie really play the position?

The answer seemed to be no. Or at best, he has a lot of work to do before you put him there.

But the Magic are going to put him there.

Positional versatility is part of the future of the league — teams are moving away from saying “this guy is a two guard” to just putting a player in a spot to do what he does well. How do you define Kevin Durant’s position simply? Dirk Nowitzki? If your point guard can post his opponent up, put Chris Paul on the block. Put players in a position to succeed.

But after watching him at Summer League, we’ll have to see if being the point is something Oladipo can do well. Maybe it’s a role he can grow into, but there’s some work to do.

Nonetheless, Oladipo remains a preseason favorite in the Rookie of the Year race — he is a talented player who is going to get a lot of minutes and have the ball in his hands. That’s a good recipe for a rookie — and it’s a good recipe for growth.

  1. dexterismyhero - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Go Vicotr. A lot of fun to watch.

  2. tomasekradek - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    It seems Rob is pretty scared of how Magic were “good” at the end of last season (after trade for Harris?) and desperately trying to be bad at least until the 2014 draft.
    Hope this won’t affect his ROY ambitions, really like that guy and I don’t believe the point suits him well.

  3. conjecture101 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Future of the league? The Magic might want to check their own history to see that Penny Hardaway and Tracy Mcgrady played multiple positions at an All-Star level for them.

  4. money2long - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    westbrook’s style might have something to do with “future style of the league”

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