Victor Oladipo Named KIA NBA East Rookie of the Month
Jan. 3, 2014
ORLANDO – Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December, the NBA has announced on Friday.
Oladipo is just the fifth Magic player to be awarded the honor and the first since March of 2001, when Mike Miller was the co-winner of the award. Dennis Scott won the award once, Shaquille O’Neal was awarded the honor four times, while Anfernee Hardaway and Miller each won twice.
Oladipo, the second overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, ranked second among Eastern Conference rookies during December in scoring (12.7 ppg.), second in assists (3.8 apg.), second in steals (1.33 spg.), fourth in rebounds (4.5 rpg.) and second in minutes (32.1 minpg.). As of January 1, he also ranked among all NBA players in steals (T-18th) and assists (T-39th).
During December, Oladipo scored in double figures 10 times and had 20+ points twice, including a career-high 26 points on both Dec. 3 at Philadelphia and Dec. 13 vs. Cleveland. On Dec. 3 at Philadelphia, he also registered the first triple-double of his career with 10 assists and 10 rebounds to go along with his 26 points. In addition, Oladipo also notched a double-double against Detroit on Dec. 27, with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Utah’s Trey Burke was the winner of the award for the Western Conference.