2013 NBA Draft – #2: Victor Oladipo
With the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic selected shooting guard Victor Oladipo out of Indiana.
Orlando considered just about every possible option at No. 2 – from other prospects to potential trades – but they ultimately decided to pick Oladipo.
“Surreal feeling, man,” Oladipo said. “I’ve been watching this draft pretty much all my life, and to actually be a part of it and to actually be the No. 2 pick in this draft is truly a blessing from God. Just going to continue to keep working hard. I’m just getting started.”
Oladipo is widely regarded as one of the best athletes in this draft. He’s an explosive player, a lockdown perimeter defender and a head coach’s best friend since he has a seemingly unlimited amount of energy and never takes a play off.
Although the 21-year-old doesn’t have the upside of some other prospects in this draft, he’s a conservative pick. He’ll work hard and contribute alongside Orlando’s other young players such as Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Oladipo said of playing in Orlando. “They’re in a rebuilding process. I’m just glad they chose me so I could be a part of that. In Indiana we had a huge rebuilding process, so I know what it takes. I’m looking forward to going there and working hard and playing at a high level and help impact winning.”
Last season, Oladipo made huge strides and was one of the most improved players in the nation. He finished third in steals per 40 minutes among the top-100 prospects in the draft. He averaged 13.6 points and increased his shooting percentages significantly to 59.9 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 steals and nearly one block in his junior season. He also had the seventh-highest field goal percentage in the country, which is incredible for a perimeter player, and he had the highest effective field goal percentage in the nation among the top-100 prospects.
In the days leading up to the draft, Orlando spoke with a number of teams that were interested in trading up to select Oladipo including the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. However, rather than dealing the pick, the Magic decided to draft Oladipo themselves.
After being selected, Oladipo vowed to work incredibly hard, harder than anyone in Orlando had ever seen before. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has done a terrific job assembling franchise cornerstones in Orlando, and Oladipo will fit right in.