#8 July 11, 2013 vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League)
Josh Cohen’s Analysis: First impressions tend to be extremely important. We judge things, fairly or unfairly, off initial observation. Victor Oladipo didn’t waste any time proving his value as a No. 2 overall draft pick when he buried a game-winning jumper against the Sixers during Orlando Pro Summer League action.
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#7 Dec. 13 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Cohen’s Analysis: Perhaps it was a sign of an emerging rivalry. Victor Oladipo (26 points, five rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks) went toe-to-toe against Kyrie Irving (31 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals) in their first ever regular season matchup.
#6 Feb. 25 at Washington Wizards
Cohen’s Analysis: Though it wasn’t his first trip to his hometown as a professional, it was certainly his best one. Victor Oladipo delivered an outstanding performance in front of many family and friends with 26 points and five assists. He and John Wall (27 points) exchanged bucket after bucket.
#5 Nov. 23 at Miami Heat
Cohen’s Analysis: Though perhaps most remembered for his missed potential game-tying shot at the buzzer, Victor Oladipo was dazzling for much of the Magic’s narrow loss to the Heat. He finished with 17 points and connected on an electrifying drive early in the contest in which he blazed past Chris Andersen and scored at the rim.
#4 Nov. 13 vs. Brooklyn Nets
Cohen’s Analysis: It was just the Magic’s second home game of the season and Victor Oladipo already had the fans at Amway Center on their feet. En route to a dominant win over the Nets, Oladipo stole the show with a breathtaking and memorable 360-degree slam after he swiped the ball away from Deron Williams.
#3 Feb. 21 vs. New York Knicks
Cohen’s Analysis: It was arguably the Magic’s most exhilarating victory of the season and it was one of Victor Oladipo’s shining performances. After a modest first half, Oladipo erupted in the second and delivered an all-around masterpiece. He finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 30 points (25 after halftime), a career-best 14 assists (10 after the break) and nine boards as the Magic overcame a 14-point deficit to beat the Knicks in double overtime.
#2 Jan. 15 vs. Chicago Bulls
Cohen’s Analysis: Maybe this prompted Derrick Rose, who watched from the bench as he continued his recovery from injury, to rave about Victor Oladipo during this summer’s USA Training Camp. Sandwiched between clutch buckets from Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis, the other central storyline was Vic’s spectacular effort. He poured in a career-high 35 points and dished out eight assists in a three-overtime thriller.
#1 Dec. 3 at Philadelphia 76ers
Cohen’s Analysis: It had already been somewhat established that Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams had a bit of rivalry. They squared off in an epic battle in the NCAA Tournament months earlier and were two of the marquee guards from the 2013 NBA Draft class. But what transpired in Philly on that early December night raised the bar even more. MCW (27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) and Oladipo (26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) became the first two rookies to record a triple-double in the same NBA game.