Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn has decided to go small recently, moving guard Arron Afflalo to small forward and small forward Maurice Harkless to power forward. With Glen “Big Baby” Davis back from injury, Vaughn has placed him in the starting lineup at the power forward. On Tuesday, he removed Harkless from the starting lineup in order to leave Oladipo, a very impressive rookie, in the starting five.
On Tuesday, Oladipo rewarded Vaughn by having one of his best games yet in a 109-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Oladipo scored 18 points on seven-of-11 shooting, dished out five assists, grabbed three rebounds, blocked a shot and only turned the ball over once in 29 minutes of play.
Plus, the second overall pick of the 2013 draft had a huge dunk. The former Indiana Hoosier took Hawks’ point guard Jeff Teague off of the dribble, drove to the basket and threw down an absolute monster dunk over two very good big men in Hawks’ center Al Horford and power forward Paul Millsap.
On the season, Oladipo is averaging 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.