Denton's Analysis: A superstar shooting guard in college, Oladipo is trying to make the transition to point guard in the NBA. And why not considering that he has the size, explosive quickness and defensive abilities to be a beast at arguably the game’s most important position. Magic GM Rob Hennigan was willing to think outside of the box when it came to drafting Oladipo, and it’s just another example of the Magic’s 31-year-old leader being an excellent judge of talent.
It will take some time for Oladipo to learn when to look for his own shot and when to get the ball to others, but that’s often the case even with point guards who spend years playing the position in college. It will also greatly help Oladipo that teammates such as Afflalo, Doron Lamb and E’Twaun Moore can help run the offense to give him breaks. And in Jameer Nelson, he will have a willing mentor who can help him through just about any situation imaginable.
Rather than Oladipo stressing so much over playing point guard, the Magic want him to instead train his focus on competing and playing with incredible effort. Those traits helped him evolve into an elite player in college and they are good starting points for his rookie season. He has the potential to be an elite defender from the jump, and if he can just do that and not turn the ball over on the other end of the floor, Oladipo should do just fine at the point.
Oladipo knows he will be tested throughout the season and he should get a good test right away as New Orleans revamped its team this offseason by adding point guards Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans. Both should create interesting matchups for Oladipo right out of the chute.