At The Break: A look at Oladipo, Zeller

We've reached the NBA's All-Star Break. Here's a look at the first half for Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller.

We've reached the NBA All-Star Break, so it's the perfect time to update you on the progress on former Hoosiers Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller.

Oladipo played in the Rising Stars Game on Friday night in New Orleans, and also participated in Saturday's Skills Challenge. At the break, he is averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 31.9 minutes per game.

In his last 10 games, Oladipo has averaged 14.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. Overall, he's shooting 41 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from beyond the arc, and 77.7 percent from the line.

Oladipo has scored in double figures in 41 of his 54 games, and has scored at least 20 points in eight games. He scored more than 30 points once.

Oladipo has been the NBA's top rookie of late, passing Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams on's Rookie Ladder in the past few weeks. Utah's Trey Burke is third on the ladder and New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. is fourth.

Oladipo was especially impressive during a recent three-game stretch. The Magic won three straight games from Feb. 5-9, beating Detroit, Oklahoma City and Indiana, the last two being two of the NBA's top teams. During that stretch, Oladipo averaged 19 points per game on 60 percent shooting (21-of-35). In a 93-92 win over the Pacers, he had 23 points in 33 minutes.

Oladipo hasn't become a great 3-point shooter, but he's not taking many 3s, either. In his last three games, Oladipo is 3-of-4 from behind the arc, so he's been very selective. He's still turning the ball over 3.2 times per game, which needs to come down, but he's still learning to play the point guard position.

As has been the case throughout the first half, Cody Zeller hasn't had quite the impact in Charlotte that Oladipo has had in Orlando, but the situations are different, too. If the playoffs started today, the Bobcats would be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and would play the Pacers in the first round.

For the season, Zeller is averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. He's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 74 percent from the foul line. In his last 10 games, Zeller has averaged 5.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Zeller has scored in double figures four times in 53 games, most recently against Phoenix on February 1. In that game, he had 11 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes. Zeller hasn't yet recorded a double-double, but he came close with seven points and eight boards against Chicago on Jan. 25.

In the long term, Zeller will benefit by playing with Al Jefferson, who is having a big season for the Bobcats. He averaged 20.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in the first half, but was left off the All-Star team. Top Stories