Breathtaking Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Oladipo, who was taken second overall out of Indiana last summer, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over 80 games with Orlando.
Despite lacking a consistent jumper, the former Hoosier aggressively drove to the basket and is clearly maturing into a reliable scorer.
There’s no question that Oladipo remains an extremely raw talent who causes far too many boneheaded miscues.
Regardless, the Maryland native is also a defensive virtuoso who creates turnovers and flourishes in transition.
Hence, Oladipo consistently found ways to contribute and produce on the hardwood.
A first-team AP All-American, Oladipo’s an aerial artist famed for diligence and preparation.
Orlando (23-59) finished in the basement of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division and was again a hideous squad.
However, Oladipo’s lockdown skills, energy, and passion for the sport will eventually allow the Magic to spellbind onlookers.
Plus, thanks to their ineptitude, Orlando landed the fourth pick in June’s draft.
Provided Rob Hennigan does his job, Victor Oladipo will spearhead the Magic’s revival in “The City Beautiful.”by