10/22/13 at Spurs
Denton’s Analysis: In a survey of all 30 NBA General Managers conducted by NBA.com, Magic guard Victor Oladipo was the landslide pick to win the Rookie of the Year award. GMs were not allowed to pick players from their own team, and still Oladipo received a whopping 80 percent of the vote.
Later on Tuesday, TNT analysts Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr weighed in on the Magic’s plans to have Oladipo, the second overall pick in last June’s draft, attempt to make the switch from college shooting guard to point guard in the NBA. Both analysts heaped the praise on Oladipo’s talent level and they predicted he would be a success at point guard if he can battle through the challenges that usually accompany NBA rookies.
``The only challenging thing for Victor is when you’ve never played that position (point guard) at the highest level, trying to get your teammates involved when you’ve never been in that position before can be very challenging,’’ Miller said. ``On top of that, on a very young team there are a lot of guys he’ll be playing with that really don’t know the NBA game. I’m sure he’ll feel frustrated and challenged at times, playing a position he’s not comfortable with, but I think in the big picture, if he’s able to play two positions, it will help his game in the long haul.’’
Added Kerr: ``It’s a chance for him to grow. Oladipo is in a position if the team doesn’t have to win, he can figure out the NBA and grow with his teammates. Orlando will get to figure out what he really is and there’s no rush on it. Why not give him his chances, figure out what position he really is and let him grow as he goes?’’