Victor Oladipo went from #2 pick to one of the best summer league players in Orlando's inaugural Summer League season. The Magic finished their summer league schedule of 5 games with a 2-3 record after a blowout in their final game where they rested a majority of their star players. Due to this loss the Magic finished the summer league in eighth place. However, in the previous four games that Oladipo did play in, he showed up strong.
Oladipo finished his four game stretch with an average of 19 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.3 steals a game. That's a pretty excitable stat line for a guy that everyone here is desperately wanting to see succeed. Of course, we have to remember that this is the summer league and you're not seeing the superstars out their for their respective teams. Instead, Oladipo flourished against rookies and second year players fighting to showcase their skills and make a team. Which is why it was a good opportunity for Orlando to push Vic a little bit.
The Magic used Oladipo in a point guard role for a majority of the four games he was on the court, which is an interesting move. His ball handling has never been his strongest skill and it showed to an extent last week. His five assists a game were good for someone who has never really played the PG role but he coupled that with a near assist to turnover ratio of 1. So he was struggling at times to take care of the ball. A lot of that can be attributed to his increased aggressiveness.
Vic was noticeably more aggressive this week than he was at Indiana. Accordingly he made some pretty big gambles with passes quite often in his four games and the statistics show that. If the Magic are going to use him at point guard during the regular season, they're going to have to get used to some turnovers. Similar to how the Thunder used Westbrook in his first few years in Oklahoma City. You're just going to have to take the good with the bad until he has the time to put in work and improve. We did see some flashes of killer instinct Oladipo when he got a small amount of revenge on Syracuse's Michael Carter Williams by sinking a last second three to beat the 76ers in game 4.
Add to Oladipo's new more aggressive offense, his lockdown defense and the Magic may have themselves something. Vic finished the league at the top of the leader boards in points allowed per possession. We knew the defense was the easy part for him, but it is always good to see that reflected in the numbers. Going forward, Oladipo will continue his workouts with the Magic to try and prepare for the season. I wouldn't be surprised to see him surface occasionally in Bloomington for some workouts late this summer/early fall. I suspect he'll happen to be in town to workout when some big time recruit also happens to be there. What a coincidence.
I would expect Oladipo to be joined a few times by Zeller in town, but we'll know more about his plans when he finishes up his summer league later this week. Keep an eye out for the summary of his play as he's been a little less consistent through two games. But until then, Go Hoosiers.