The Orlando Magic decided to draft a versatile guard with their second overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft in Victor Oladipo. During Summer League, Oladipo got to play as a point guard as part of an experiment on the team’s part, in order to see if he has potential to grow as the primary playmaker of a team.
Oladipo showed some potential and his ball-handling ability was solid enough to run the point, but he was often sloppy with his passing and averaged a lot of turnovers. The Magic will still consider playing Oladipo at the point, although lead assistant coach James Borrego is not certain of what position the young guard will play.
“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.”
If Oladipo would become the starting point guard for the Magic he would still have a lot to learn, but his defensive skill set would be great when going up against the likes of Derrick Rose and Chris Paul.