Few players created more intrigue at the NBA Draft combine than that of Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. The 6’5 guard has continually been impressing NBA scouts and general managers with his motor, impressive athletic ability and tenacious perimeter defense.
There have been concerns about his offensive ability, namely his questionable jumper and iffy ballhandeling, but we’ve seen other talents come into the league with similar issues (say like the San Antonio Spurs‘ Kawhi Leonard) and thrive, which is why Oladipo has been steadily rising up draft boards.
One such draft board is that of the Phoenix Suns, who hold the fifth pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and are interested in bringing Oladipo to the Valley of the Sun:
Oladipo’s personality could have won him most popular in this draft class a year ago, but it was not until this past season that he became one of its top prospects, too. Oladipo, once barely recruited in high school, looked to not even be draft material until this season, and now his stock has skyrocketed to the point that he is a viable option at No. 5 for the Suns, who interviewed him at the draft combine in Chicago. Even he calls the rapid rise “surreal.”
The only problem for the Suns is Oladipo’s stock, which is sky rocketing. A few weeks ago, it was widely expected the Maryland native would be available outside of the top five, though, many mocks now have him going top four with multiple teams rumored to be willing to trade up, just to draft him.
Oladiop, who famously wore out his gym card at the University of Indiana, is proof that hard work can take you a lot of places. Hopefully for the Suns, it’s to Phoenix.