There have been plenty of rookie disappointments in the NBA this season.
Victor Oladipo isn't one of them.
Through 16 games entering Monday, Oladipo has averaged 13.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.8 steals and 4.0 turnovers per game. He's shooting 42 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc, and 75.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Oladipo was ranked second on NBA.com's Rookie Ladder in its most recent edition, trailing only Philadelphia's (and former Syracuse guard) Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams is averaging 17.0 points, 7.1 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 18 games. His 76ers will play Oladipo's Magic on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
The only player selected ahead of Oladipo -- UNLV's Anthony Bennett -- has been a disappointment thus far for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bennett is averaging 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12 minutes per contest through 13 games.
For Oladipo, it has been a typical up and down rookie season. He's not on a great team -- Orlando is 6-10 -- but he's also getting a lot of playing time. Last Wednesday night against the Sixers, Oladipo played a career-high 42 minutes in a 105-94 win. He had 18 points and five assists, but eight turnovers.
Through 16 games Oladipo has:
**Scored in double-figures 13 times.
**Scored 20 points once (Nov. 20 against Miami).
**Pulled down at least five rebounds five times
**Dished out at least five assists five times
**Made a 3-pointer in 13 games
**Played 30 or more minutes six times
What I really like about Oladipo's numbers is he hasn't tried to be a player he's not. He's not attempting a ton of 3s -- only 2.8 per game -- and he's doing a little bit of everything, just like he did at Indiana.
What I don't like is his turnover numbers, but that's to be expected from a young player running the point for the first time. Oladipo had a career-high nine turnovers against Dallas on Nov. 16 and has turned it over eight times in a game twice.
But Oladipo is clearly growing, and growing fast. He moved into the starting lineup recently, and has experienced things in the first month of his NBA career that will help him going forward. For example, he playing the World Champion Heat in back-to-back games, going for 17 and 20 points in those two contests. He also got to the free-throw line 17 times in those two games, both losses.
We will continue to update you on Oladipo's progress throughout the season here at AllHoosiers.com.