A Look Back: Oladipo's rookie season

Former Indiana standout Victor Oladipo had a solid rookie year for the Magic.

Victor Oladipo is no longer a rookie.

The former Indiana star finished his first season in the NBA on Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Oladipo and the Magic went 23-59 overall.

But Oladipo was a bright spot for Orlando in his rookie year, and he was definitely one of the top-performing rookies in the league.

For the year, Oladipo averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. He shot 41.9 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the foul line.

Oladipo struggled down the stretch, but he was also playing significantly reduced minutes. He had only one game of 20 or more points in April, and that came on the 4th of the month against Cody Zeller's Charlotte Bobcats. Oladipo had 12 games of 20 or more points on the year, including two games of 30 or more points.

Oladipo's best game of the season came against the New York Knicks if February. Oladipo had 30 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds on 11-of-23 shooting in 49 minutes as the Magic beat the Knicks.

Oladipo finished the season at No. 2 on NBA.com's Rookie Ladder, trailing only Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams. Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee is third and Utah's Trey Burke is fourth.

Other important numbers for Oladipo: He played in 80 of 82 games and he averaged 1.6 steals per game. The not-so-good number: He turned the ball over 3.2 times per game.

Overall, though, it was a very impressive first season for Oladipo, who figures to have a great career in the NBA over time. Whether or not that career happens in Orlando, well, I guess that remains to be seen.


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