Victor Oladipo

Draft Profile

Victor Oladipo

Considered a lock to be a lottery pick, no one’s stock has risen quite as much as Victor Oladipo’s in the past year. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 collegiate basketball season, it would have been hard to find someone to label Oladipo as a first-round draft pick. Fast-forward to the summer of 2013 and Oladipo has been tabbed as the best perimeter defender in the entire draft. The Indiana product’s athleticism and relentless motor have impressed NBA front-office members, while his improved offensive game has given them reason to believe there’s considerable upside for the talented guard.

Things the Draft Experts Like:

  • “His motor runs as hot as any player in the draft. He goes 100 mph all the time, is fearless in the paint, isn’t afraid to do the dirty work and will sacrifice his body to get a steal or a rebound. When his shot isn’t falling, Oladipo finds other ways to get involved. He has a real nose for the ball and always seems to be in the right place at the right time… Few players have Oladipo’s combination of explosive athletic ability and motor.”

  • “Explosive athlete with great leaping ability… Nice size and great length with a good build… Fantastic first step and moves well laterally… Excellent rebounder for a guard and absolutely relentless on defense being versatile enough to guard multiple positions… One of the best finishers in the country due to athleticism and body control… Moves well without the ball and not one to be outworked on either end of the court.”

  • “Elite athlete with solid size and length for NBA shooting guard… Combines outstanding physical tools with relentless motor, playing with tremendous intensity and always finding ways to get his hands on the ball for deflections and steals… Has the speed and quickness to cover point guards, and his athleticism, strength, and toughness should enable him to guard most small forwards… Potential to become an adequate spot shooter in time… Absolute blur leading the break with the ball in his hands or filling the lanes, where he’s capable of finishing with highlight-reel dunks… Attacks the rim very aggressively and uses good body control and excellent elevation to finish.”

Draft Expert Concerns:

  • “He is still a work in progress on the offensive end. He will have to improve his mechanics with the deeper 3-point line. He can be prone to turnovers when handling the ball… Two areas of weakness are his passing ability and his screen-and-roll aptitude.”

  • “Shooting numbers likely a bit inflated due to such a small sample size… Fairly limited as a ball-handler and playmaker… Doesn’t show much in the way of advanced ball-handling skills… Has a tendency to be out of control and loose with the ball… Offensive game is still a work-in-progress and may limit his upside.”

  • NBADraft.Net: “Doesn’t have much of an offensive foundation… Has a subpar jump shot with mechanics that lack consistency… Not much of a ball handler and can be out of control and turnover prone… Lacks great basketball IQ.”