2015-2016 NBA Breakout Ballers: Victor Oladipo
This is the sixth installment of our NBA Breakout Ballers, which is a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015-2016 NBA season. Check out the latest feature on Tristan Thompson. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise. Let’s get into it!
Entering his third year in the NBA, Victor Oladipo has established himself as a dual threat shooting guard. Paired with Elfrid Payton and a new coaching staff featuring Scott Skiles, the Orlando Magic have the opportunity to establish a new young and athletic backcourt. Since leaving the University of Indiana in 2013, Oladipo has shown the same defensive intensity that earned him National Co-Defensive Player of the Year. On the offensive end, he is the second leading scorer on the team behind Nikola Vucevic. Victor Oladipo is a player who has the ability to make plays off of the dribble, and be a playmaking scorer when in the paint. Surrounded by a young team and a new coach, he has the chance to be a leader and cornerstone within the franchise.
Victor Oladipo will face an increased pressure to prove himself in the NBA and the organization as the Magic have a team option to keep him for the 2016-17 season. He is a unique player who is an asset for any organization. On a team stacked with former first round picks and as the Magic posses the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Victor Oladipo must continue to stay hungry and steadily continue to improve his game.
In the past season, Victor Oladipo set single-game career highs in numerous categories. This included breakout performances for 39 points against the Phoenix Suns, and 10 assists and 5 steals against the Sacramento Kings in the same month. His 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game that he averaged during 2014 are merely the beginning of what he is capable of. With an added responsibility within the Magic backcourt, Oladipo is primed to improve on nearly all facets of his game. He is a player who has shown the ability to be a consistent member of the roster, only missing 10 games total within two seasons. Additionally, there is a minimal drop off between Oladipo’s statistics while at home or on the road. This aspect can be translated to his activity on the defensive end as well. He is a stout perimeter defender who is steadily making a name for himself by taking on key players within the Eastern Conference. In 2014, Oladipo averaged 1.7 steals per game and gathered a majority of his rebounds while on the defensive end. He is a unique player who can find a way to impact the game in multiple statistical categories.
Victor Oladipo is in prime position to become a consistent 20 points per game scorer while contributing big numbers in other statistical categories. His aggressive style of play on the defensive end will give him the opportunity to set up his teammates and create transition buckets. Oladipo has proven to be a slasher to the rim and finish in the paint over bigger defenders. This aspect of his game has enabled him to shoot a high percentage from the field and a primary option for the Orlando Magic. Complimented by scoring big man Nikola Vucevic and floor general Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo has the opportunity to exert his dominance and establish himself as star for the Magic. Along with Payton, the two individuals have a chance to bring back flashes of the Penny Hardaway and Nick Anderson combination that electrified Orlando. The ceiling for Oladipo is unknown, however his steady improvement and intense style of play should show that it has yet to be reached.
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