Denton: Sensational Performance Not Satisfying Enough For Oladipo


Vaughn has also shown great flexibility in playing Oladipo at both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Since the Magic drafted Oladipo No. 2 in last June’s Draft, there has been debate over where to play the former college shooting guard. Should he be a point guard where he will have the ball in his hands and can use his explosiveness off the dribble to score and create for others? Or is simply better suited as a wing scorer and someone who can make dazzling plays out of pick-and-roll sets?

In Oladipo, Vaughn still sees a player capable of juggling both roles. That’s why Vaughn played him mostly off the ball Wednesday night alongside of point guard Jameer Nelson (31 points, 10 assists and six rebounds). And during the nine minutes that Nelson rested, Oladipo filled in at the point while having the safety net of also playing with ball-handlers E’Twaun Moore and Ronnie Price.

``I don’t know if (anyone) can name five traditional point guards. I just think that’s the way the game is evolving,’’ said Vaughn, who played with John Stockton and Jason Kidd during his playing days. ``We’ve talked about with Victor in that he’s unique in his ability of what he can do for us. I think it would be a mistake to pigeon-hole him into exactly how we want him to play for us on the floor. That ability to be versatile and do things on instinct, they play to his advantage and to our advantage.’’

The easy-going Oladipo said it actually matters very little to him which position that he plays in the future because his mindset remains the same as far as staying in attack mode. He has said repeatedly of late that he’s already anticipating the offseason because he has so many things he wants to work on from his ball-handling to his spot-up jump shot to his high-arching floater in the lane.

``It would be nice (knowing his position), but either way, if they tell me or not, when the offseason comes, I’m going to go into the summer time and go to work like I always do,’’ said Oladipo, who is now averaging 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game. ``I’ll take (the offseason) as serious as possible. It’s definitely going to be a big summer for me.’’


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