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1. Let the Game Come to You
After being selected No. 2 overall, Victor Oladipo might feel some pressure to produce. But he has to understand that his game is predicated on making plays driven by his effort, energy, motor and athleticism—not by the dribble.
Scoring and creating his own offense will come with time and reps. Oladipo should be focusing on making plays off the ball as a defender, slasher and spot-up shooter.
2. Spot-up Shooting
If Oladipo wants to maximize his scoring opportunities, becoming a reliable spot-up threat is the first step. He really improved in this department as a junior, raising his three-point mark from 20 to 44 percent.
Oladipo is also lightning quick. If defenders are forced to close out hard when he's catching behind the arc, they will be extremely vulnerable to getting beat by Oladipo's quick first step to the rack.
Without a threatening enough jumper, defenders will sit back, play off and eliminate potential driving lanes.
3. Continue to Improve Handle/Shot-Creating
Oladipo scores most of his points on line drives to the hoop, backdoor cuts, slashes and transition opportunities. But to really max out his offensive potential, improving his handle will allow him to create, separate and score. Oladipo isn't much of an isolation threat, and therefore lacks the upside of a go-to scoring option.
Expanding his dribble creativity would raise his ceiling an extra two stories.