Victor Oladipo Picked by Orlando Magic: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Jan 27 2013, Bloomington, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo (4) dribbles on the perimeter against the Michigan State Spartans at Assembly Hall.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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With the second pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Victor Oladipo from Indiana University.  

Here's everything you need to know about Oladipo:


Physical Tools 

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Oladipo's physical attributes:

Oladipo is a pure off-guard at 6'5'' with textbook athleticism for the position. He's quick, speedy and super explosive in the open floor, with springs seemingly integrated into the bottom of his sneakers.

He's incredibly coordinated—an attribute that often goes overlooked when analyzing athletes.

Getting to Know Victor Oladipo

Throughout the scrutiny that comes with being a top draft prospect, Oladipo was impressive during interviews and came across as a bright young man.

He will bring his poised demeanor to the NBA hardwood every night, as he's the type of player who's focused and playing high-intensity hoops on every possession.


NBA Player Comparison 

Oladipo has what it takes to become a stifling one-on-one defender, so his ceiling looks like a rich-man's version of Tony Allen. With Allen's stoppage tools plus a reliable jumper, he could be a top-tier shooting guard.

His worst-case scenario is something closer to the real version of Allen: a guard who excels defensively but is not featured much offensively.


Pro Predictions 

The NBA is a league driven by playmaking guards, so defenders who can stymie them are highly useful. Oladipo will carve out a prominent role early in his career because he can defend, contribute offensively and attack in transition.

He can't consistently generate scoring chances off the dribble, so he won't be exceedingly effective on that end of the floor as a rookie. However, Oladipo's the type of player who can develop all areas of his game, so he'll eventually be a good playmaker.

When you consider his explosiveness, body control, defensive talent and offensive potential, it's easy to see why stardom is attainable.