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He was the No. 2 pick in the draft, but I'm not sure anyone predicted a rookie stat line that included 14 points, 4.5 boards and 4.1 assists a game.
Victor Oladipo's game continues to grow, just like it gradually did during his career at Indiana.
The big surprise and change for Oladipo has been the increased threat he now poses off the dribble—primary a finisher in college, the guard has evolved into a legitimate playmaker. With a more refined handle, he's facilitating pick-and-rolls, driving and dishing to shooters and picking up assists within the offense.
In three seasons at Indiana, only twice did he finish a game with more than five assists. As a rookie, he's exceeded the five-assist mark 11 times already, most recently against the Knicks, when he dropped 14 dimes to go along with 30 points and nine boards.
It wasn't the only time Oladipo has gone off—he triple-doubled against Philadelphia with 26, 10 and 10 in December.
And though his percentages aren't very impressive, he's certainly shown improvement and promise with regard to his jumper. He's hit 67 mid-range jumpers and 55 three-pointers, showing the ability to knock them down off the catch or the dribble.
Oladipo came in as a guy whose game was fueled by athleticism, energy and intangibles, and that's ultimately what drove his appeal. But given the progress and strides he's made as an offensive weapon, his NBA value and outlook deserve a significant boost.