Victor Oladipo was drafted second overall by the Orlando Magic on Thursday night and he’s now being compared to one of the NBA’s biggest stars. Dwyane Wade just won his second straight title and anyone in the league would love to be in his position.
If all things keep pointing in the right direction for Oladipo, he may just get that chance. The 21-year-old has recently been compared to the Miami Heat star and the Magic would love for their newest guard to produce at the same level as one of the league’s best.
Wade has the clutch gene, so only time will tell how good Oladipo really is. For the time being, the college standout is just trying to be the best player he can be.
“I don’t know whether it’s fair or it’s just because Tom Crean is my coach,” Oladipo said Friday, according to The Associated Press. ”We have similar parts to our game. I’m just trying to be the best Victor Oladipo possible.”
He’s a product of Indiana University’s basketball team which is led by head coach Tom Crean. The 47-year-old coached Wade during his time at Marquette University and he originally compared the two players.
“I’m not big on comparisons because it’s not fair to Dwyane,” Crean explained. ”Dwyane’s one of the best players in the world, and Victor just turned 21. When it comes to the kind of people that they are, the kind of teammates they are, the way they made their teammates better, (the comparison) is huge.”
That’s a great start for Oladipo and he hasn’t even hit the court with his new Magic teammates yet. During his final season at Indiana, Oladipo average 13.6 points a game compared to higher numbers from most top five draft picks.
He went No. 2 to the Magic just behind Anthony Bennett, but his college numbers don’t seem to be a worry for Orlando in the slightest bit. Do you think Victor Oladipo was the safest pick for the Orlando Magic during the NBA Draft?