Four summer league games did not settle whether Victor Oladipo will play point guard during his first regular season in the NBA. But Oladipo likely showed enough promise to convince Orlando Magic officials to keep testing him at the new position during training camp and the preseason. "I don't think we know really right now where it's headed" said James Borrego the team's lead assistant coach and head summer league coach. "I could see him being a 2-guard [a shooting guard] for us. I think I can see him being a 1-guard [a point guard] for us. And where he ends up I don't know. But I think this week gave us a little bit better idea of what we have. I think he handled himself well at the 1. I don't think that necessarily makes him our future 1. Can he continue to develop in that area and become it? I think he has a chance." Borrego gave Oladipo Maurice Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn the day off Friday and the Magic struggled in their absence losing the Orlando Pro Summer League's seventh-place game to the Boston Celtics 102-83. The Magic finished the week with a 2-3 record — a disappointment given the experience their players picked up last season — but Oladipo impressed with his outside shooting his ability to drive into the lane and his defense. Oladipo a natural shooting guard had never played point guard before the Magic drafted him second overall in last month's NBA Draft. The last few days felt like a whirlwind to Oladipo who averaged 19.0 points 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game during the summer league but also 4.8 turnovers per game. His best moment occurred Thursday when he hit a 22-foot step-back jumper with 4.4 seconds remaining to give the Magic a 90-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. "I'm a week more comfortable" he said. "I'm slowly but surely learning. I'm just trying to take every aspect of the point guard position and trying to perfect it limit my mistakes and learn when to be aggressive and when to find my teammates." The Magic will begin training camp Oct. 1.
Victor Oladipo likely will play point guard in October
Orlando Sentinel | Jul 24