Denton: NBA Rookies Struggling Shooting in Early Portion of Season


By John Denton
Dec. 20, 2013

ORLANDO – As he was contemplating all that went wrong in a bad shooting night earlier in the week, Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo thought back to his freshman year of college and the struggles that he often had getting off shots then as well.

``I was always getting my shot blocked when I was first in college,’’ said Oladipo, remembering back to the 2010-11 season when he averaged just 7.4 points a game at Indiana University. ``You can go ask (Indiana) coach (Tom) Creen and he’ll tell you about me always getting my shot blocked. It’s just something that you’ve got to adjust to. I’m trying to learn the same thing right now.’’

Oladipo is going through a similar transition now after making the jump from college basketball to the NBA. For the most part, the centers and power forwards are taller and stronger and the perimeter players are quicker and have longer wingspans, making the ability to get off shots even more difficult. And as Oladipo has found out sometimes the hard way, there rarely are easy shots in the NBA where there isn’t someone coming to swat the attempt away.

``That’s what (big men in the NBA) do for a living – they block shots for a living,’’ he said with a chuckle. ``It’s going to be tough for me, but it’s something that I have to learn to adjust to.’’


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