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Oct 28

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “The Magic will take part in another rebuilding season and have their eyes set on the stellar 2014 NBA draft. Guard Victor Oladipo should be a strong Rookie of the Year candidate.”
  • David Aldridge of NBA.com pegs Victor Oladipo as his favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award: “Someone has to put the ball in the basket on the regular, and Oladipo’s physicality and defense will give him a chance to be effective in transition and not have to settle for jumpers.”
  • Another NBA writer thinks Oladipo is a long shot to win ROY honors.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com unveils his first set of Power Rankings for the 2013-14 season: “Yes, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is still a committee fave just because his brother played at Cal State Fullerton when we were there. And, yes, there are bound to be as many trade musings about Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo in Orlando’s comment space as there are Victor Oladipo ROY updates.”
  • Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider joins the masses and selects Oladipo as the player most likely to named the Rookie of the Year this season: “No doubt Oladipo will struggle to score as NBA defenses key against him in the regular season, but he should be able to counteract that some as he gains experience. He averaged 19 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per 36 minutes this preseason (caveats aplenty!) and the Orlando Magic have every reason to put him at the steering wheel, even if he stumbles as a point guard out of the gate. The rookie of the year award requires tons of minutes and production, and Oladipo should have both in spades.”
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: ” What will be the most interesting part of the Orlando season: Victor Oladipo adjusting to the NBA or the Jameer Nelson/Glen Davis trade watch?”
  • Oladipo, a Hoosiers alum, makes his NBA regular season debut on Tuesday in Indiana against the Pacers.
  • Even though the Orlando Magic aren’t expected to win a lot of games this season, CEO Alex Martins is still happy with the job that GM Rob Hennigan has done in rebuilding the franchise so far.
  • Oladipo is a “potential cornerstone player.”
  • That’s a lot of Oladipos!
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