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Victor Oladipo, Orlando's No. 2 pick 2013, sees a lot of minutes on the court. This speeds up his development considerably.
If a coach isn't expected to reach the playoffs, he has the luxury of being able to give his young talent more playing time. And we are talking quality, meaningful playing time when the game is on the line as opposed to garbage time in a blowout.
That's exactly what happens with Victor Oladipo.
He can become one of the cornerstones for the franchise. If the Magic were competing for the playoffs, Jacque Vaughn could hardly afford putting the ball into the rookie's hands as much due to his high turnover rate (3.1 per game) and sometimes questionable shot selection.
However, with Orlando looking ahead at the 2014 NBA draft, the No. 2 pick is allowed to roam free, take responsibility and fail—and subsequently learn from his mistakes.
Every single minute of game experience is valuable and important for his development—in fact for his entire future career. This is a great opportunity for the franchise as well as the player.
But it's not only Oladipo—the Orlando Magic have eight players who are 24 years or younger. All of them average 10-plus minutes per game.
Only four players older than 24 years average double digits in MPG. All of them—Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and Jason Maxiell—have been involved in trade talks and are possible trading chips for some younger talent or first-round draft picks.