Sam Amico @SamAmicoFSO 2m
NBA GM on Indiana G Victor Oladipo: "Great D. But lots of guys in this draft will average 8 or 9 points for their career. He's one of them."
Obviously not the opinion of all GMs but shows that some are not all that enamored with Oladipo. I have to say I disagree though, through transition, open jump shots and hustle he should manage 8 or 9 points in his rookie season alone. He improved SO much from this year who is to say he wont keep improving, he seems to have the attitude for it and is a total gym freak. Athleticism, drive and dedication count for a lot in this league
I was talking with a friend the other day and he was saying how wished Charlotte had drafted Kawai Leonard or Tiago Splitter because they were such diamonds in the rough. Another guy with us made the point that if they were in Charlotte we wouldn't be seeing anything thing close to that production here. I see Oladipo the exact same way. If you put him on OKC or San Antonio surrounded by stars and a solid system he can be one of the most exciting players in the playoffs and a fan favorite. He won't be that guy here. If we draft Oladipo then we might as well Go ahead and give Bynum the max this summer,pray to god that he somehow achieves his potential,and pray for Julius Randle next year. Because the only way we're gonna win big with 2 defensive guys on the wing like MKG and Oladipo playing together is if we have 2 lights out all-stars @ the 4 and 5 positions. Holding a team to 90 doesn't mean shit if you score 80! lol.
I admit, I don't know a whole ton about Oladipo's game, or most of the draft picks this year for that matter. But watching the Finals, a comparison is jumping out at me, and maybe someone who knows Oladipo better can tell me if the comparison is appropriate.
A lot of the intangibles that experts use to describe Oladipo's game seems to be many of the same things that Danny Green possesses, and their college careers do seem to have some parallels. They both were known as role playing, all around utility hustlers in college until their breakout in their last season.
Green is about 6'5, 215 pounds, and ultra athletic
Oladipo is about 6'5, 215 pounds, and ultra athletic
Green averaged 7.5 points his freshman year, and finished off at around 13.1
Oladipo averaged 7.4 points his freshman year, and finished off at 13.6
Green shot as low as 29% from 3 his sophomore year, and jumped to 42% his last year
Oladipo shot as low as 21% from 3 his sophomore year, and jumped to 44% his last year
Green was a nice all around defender, finishing with 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks
Oladipo was a nice all around defender, finishing with 2.2 steals and .8 blocks
Now moving forward to the NBA, Green had an inauspicious start to his pro career. But through his sheer hard work, something that Oladipo possesses, he turned himself into a starter on a potential championship team. He went from a low 30% college three point shooter, into one of the best 3 point shooters in NBA history, breaking Ray Allen's Finals record for most 3's made, and trailing only Steve Nash, Steph Curry, and Steve Novak in all time 3pt% for active players.
And that doesn't even get to his defense. His instincts against Lebron and Wade have been incredible, especially on the break. He always seems to make the right decision and puts himself in the right position. He is getting blocks and steals against one of the greatest physical specimens of all time, and yet is still able to nail 3 after 3 after 3.
Now nobody alive on this planet could have predicted this turnabout, and maybe it is only a quick flash. But going back to Oladipo, the work ethic, the improved 3 point jumper, the incredible defensive instincts are all things he shares in common with Green, who is creating a blueprint for these kind of blue collar, athletic wing players. If that is what we have to look forward to with Oladipo, while maybe not becoming star player, but someone who impacts the game both ways, then I would strongly consider that building block to add to our other gym rats littered in our starting lineup. Nobody would outwork our team with Oladipo on board.
I still cry at night and have nightmares about the 2012 draft lottery. Still haunts me to this day how we didn't win the Davis sweepstakes.
Last edited by CampNightmare8; 06-18-2013 at 04:49 AM.
Oladipo is a TREMENDOUS finisher around the rim. He's also automatic in transition. In college, Green's best FG% was 47.1%. That exact same percentage was Oladipo's worst. I mean, it takes talent to score 60% of the time you shoot, as Oladipo did this past season.
Oladipo, IMO, will be at worst what Kawhi Leonard is now. I think he'll give you that his rookie season.
As far as the Danny Green comparison, I think Jeff Taylor fits that mold better than Oladipo.
Last edited by gamecocksmitty4; 06-18-2013 at 07:17 AM.