Denton: Oladipo Excited to Get Season Started


Still, he figures it will be a unique atmosphere in Indiana for his first professional regular-season game.

``It’s going to be really special. There will be a lot of people that I really love and care about there,’’ he said. ``And, of course, the Hoosier faithful will be there. … There might be a sea of red in there. … So I’m looking forward to the game and playing with these (Magic) guys.’’

Oladipo spent the eight-game preseason working to make the transition from college shooting guard to NBA point guard, and he passed most of the tests put in front of him. Despite facing the likes of Kyrie Irving, Mike Conley, Jrue Holiday and Houston defensive ace Patrick Beverley during the preseason, Oladipo still led the Magic in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and was second in assists (4.6 apg.). He rebounded the ball especially well from the guard position (5.6 rpg.), but turnovers (3.3) and 3-point shooting (24.1 percent) were problematic areas.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan and head coach Jacque Vaughn know that there are going to be plenty of highs and lows along the way as Oladipo works to make the transition to the point guard slot. They have stressed to him to focus more on his energy and competitiveness than whatever position he is playing, feeling those attributes will make him a success.



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