Victor Oladipo: Summer League Review & Highlights
While a lot of Orlando Summer League attention was on Magic rookies Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Devyn Marble, let us not forget a very important sophomore. Victor Oladipo has been handed the keys to the franchise and a lot of weight will be placed on the Indiana Hoosier’s shoulders to drive the team towards contention. Victor played in only three of the five contests during the exhibition, but displayed improvement at both point guard and shooting guard. His averages at 27 minutes per contest were 17.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 2.7 apg on 42.5 FG%, 35.7 3PT%, and 75.0 FT%. The best statistic not listed is that Victor didn’t turn the ball over more than 3 times in a game. Huge leaps from last year. On an overall scale, it was a great performance from the 22-year-old. Let’s take a look at Victor’s 2014 Summer League.
July 5th – 83-77 win over the Philadelphia 76ers
18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block on 6-of-11 shooting (2-of-4 on 3s) in 26 minutes.
Victor started at point guard and for the most part stayed at that position the entire contest. Immediately you see Oladipo feed Aaron Gordon a transition cross court pass for a dunk. It’s a beautiful assist that Victor would not have attempted last year. Then you see Victor show his basketball savvy by catching Pierre Jackson’s hand in the cookie jar and forcing the ref to call a shooting foul. Next, Victor drains an open 3-pointer from a spot where he shot 29.73% from last season. Oladipo then steals Casper Ware‘s lunch money and finishes through Ware’s foul for an elegant and-1 lay-up finish. Mr. Feathery concludes an energetic first half with a recovery 3-point rejection from behind on Ware.
Victor begins his 2nd half with a right side drive and floater that Jameer Nelson would’ve been proud of. Victor then chooses to pull-up out of a screen and drains long 2-pointer at a spot where he shot 31.34% last season. Oladipo wasn’t shy to work on his weak points since April. Next, Victor gets an easy assist to Kim English and then follows up with a swift 2-hand pass to a cutting Dewayne Dedmon for a clean look at the rim. Oladipo selects again to pull up out of a screen for foot-on-the-line 2-pointer at a spot where he shot 38.46% in the ’13-’14 campaign. Vic finishes his 18-point performance by drilling a contested right corner 3-pointer from a Seth Curry feed.
A fantastic showing for Oladipo and a sign that his competitive spirit is a strong as ever. Victor in the postgame interview would share that he lost 20 pounds, dropping from 230 to 210 lbs though it’s tough to tell. Rob Hennigan must be thrilled that his young leader has adopted the “process” term.
Below you’ll find more of Victor Oladipo’s Summer League week.
July 8th – 73-80 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies
11 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist on 4-of-12 shooting (2-of-6 on 3s) in 24 minutes.
There are no Victor Oladipo Youtube clips available for the Memphis Grizzlies game. That’s not a bad thing considering it’s Victor’s worse shooting performance of his Summer League. We still have this NBA.com highlight where Oladipo grabs a defensive rebound a minute and a half into the game and drives coast-to-coast for an almost effortless righty lay-up. At the 1:21 mark of this clip, you see Victor dribble up to the court, fake off a pick, and pull up for an impressive 3-pointer. Other than those plays, give Memphis and its defense a lot of credit for keeping Victor in check.
July 11th – 96-87 win over the Detroit Pistons
22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists on 7-of-17 shooting (1-of-4 on 3s) and 7-of-10 on free throws in 31 minutes.
Saving the best for last, Oladipo responded well to being rested and really left quite an impact on ‘Championship Day’. This was Victor’s first time starting at shooting guard next to Elfrid Payton. The chemistry was wonderful to witness, enough so that the above highlight clip ties the two guards together. At the 50-second mark, Victor dribbles up and just blows past Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell for a 2-hand jam. Victor then uses a Vernon Macklin screen to cause KCP to commit a dumb foul on the jump shot. At the 1:30 mark, Victor dribbles to the rack past 3 Pistons for a slippery speedy right-handed lay-up finish. Oladipo at the 2:40 mark uses the pump fake to his advantage and draws another foul, this time on a free throw jumper.
The second half kicked off with Elfrid finding Oladipo coming off a curl and Victor immediately launching a confident 3-pointer. Get used to more of that. At 3:29, Oladipo fakes a 3-pointer, drives to the hole and connects with a cutting Aaron Gordon for a close-up bucket. Nice anticipation even if Gordon revealed himself a bit late. Next, Oladipo drops in basically a free throw line floater. Showing off that range. Victor then once more uses a Vernon Macklin screen to drive right and finish with contact against Tony Mitchell as Oladipo’s body was going away from the basket, still able to lay it in for the and-1. At 3:50, Oladipo displays his ability to move the ball quickly when he’s the main attention of the defense. Oladipo finally uses his left hand at the 4:15 mark before switching over to his right and earning another trip to the charity stripe.
Elfrid tossing a glorious alley oop pass to Victor for the emphatic 2-hand flush basically killed Detroit’s will. As a cherry on top, Victor at the 4:57 mark FINALLY uses his left hand to finish at the rim from another solid Payton find and Vic earns another and-1 trip. Oladipo accomplished two big things:
1. Victor has improved his jump shot, particularly at spots on the court where he was especially poor.
2. Turnovers were WAY down as Oladipo only coughed up 7 turnovers in 3 games.
Plenty of smiles in the end, as Oladipo, Orlando coaches, and Magic fans should be ecstatic with Victor’s growth and continued improvement to get this franchise on the winning track.