For a soon-to-be lottery pick, Victor Oladipo manages to balance more than a chip on his broad shoulders. He has several. “There are a lot of people they believe are way better than me in this draft. There’s a lot of people who say I’m pretty much overrated and stuff like that,” Oladipo told CSN Washington after going through an hour-plus workout for the New Orleans Pelicans, who hold the sixth overall pick, on Friday. “I have people second-guess me and don’t believe in my talents every day. It’s nothing new to me.” Oladipo, who is projected as a shooting guard in the NBA, is turning pro after his junior season at Indiana when he averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists. He shot 60% from the field, including 44% from three-point range. His ability to defend, however, is what puts him so high on the draft board. After visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers (first pick) and Phoenix Suns (fifth), Oladipo has been working out at his high school DeMatha Catholic just outside of Washington D.C. He declined a request to work out for the Wizards at Verizon Center, but they may come to see him before Thursday’s draft in New York. The only other team to visit Oladipo is the Minnesota Timberwolves (ninth pick). Oladipo spent most of his time showcasing his shooting ability, a major question mark he must answer at the next level. He only shot 47% from the field as a sophomore, including just 20.8% from three. “He’s added something every year. If you go all the way back to when he was here and how may times (then-assistant coach) David Adkins made him sit in the mirror and just work on his shooting form, to dribbling two balls everywhere he went,” said Mike Jones, Oladipo’s coach at DeMatha. “Now he’s walking around with a little mini-basketball because (former NBA player) T.J. Ford told him that’s the way you continue to develop your ball-handling ability. He’s always trying to add something to his game. He’s worked on every piece of it. If you watched the workout today, clearly shooting is no longer an issue for Victor.” Oladipo wasn't facing defenders during his drills, but he showed NBA range particularly on spot-ups. He has drawn comparisons to NBA players such as Tony Allen, a first-team All-Defense in earning the most points from voters. But Allen, who shares the same agent as Oladipo in Raymond Brothers, has his limitations as an offensive player.
Oladipo shows range in workout for Pelicans
CSN Washington | Jun 22