Dec 18, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke (3) defends during the second half at Amway Center. Utah Jazz defeated the Orlando Magic 86-82. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo named Rookie of the Month


Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Month.

Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke took home the honor in the west.

Here is the official word from the Orlando Magic.

Orlando, FL –Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December, the NBA has announced today.

Oladipo is just the fifth Magic player to be awarded the honor and the first since March of 2001, when Mike Miller was the co-winner of the award. Dennis Scott won the award once, Shaquille O’Neal was awarded the honor four times, while Anfernee Hardaway and Miller each won twice.

Oladipo, the second overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, ranked second among Eastern Conference rookies during December in scoring (12.7 ppg.), second in assists (3.8 apg.), second in steals (1.33 spg.), fourth in rebounds (4.5 rpg.) and second in minutes (32.1 minpg.). As of January 1, he also ranked among all NBA players in steals (T-18th) and assists (T-39th).

During December, Oladipo scored in double figures 10 times and had 20+ points twice, including a career-high 26 points on both Dec. 3 at Philadelphia and Dec. 13 vs. Cleveland. On Dec. 3 at Philadelphia, he also registered the first triple-double of his career with 10 assists and 10 rebounds to go along with his 26 points. In addition, Oladipo also notched a double-double against Detroit on Dec. 27, with 16 points and a career-high 11 assists.

On the season, Oladipo is averaging 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

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