Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 8/23/13
By Rob Milne Since the loss of Dwight Howard the Orlando Magic have been gathering building blocks and assets to create a new look franchise, a youthful franchise. Therefore the 2013 NBA draft proved a pivotal moment in this development. GM Rob Hennigan could have drafted exciting prospects such as Nerlens Noel or dynamic players with high upside like Ben McLemore, but instead he made the smart decision. By drafting guard Victor Oladipo with the 2nd overall pick, Hennigan added a reliable and NBA ready player to the roster. The player out of Indiana had not been touted as a top prospect in his freshman year, but facing adversity proved his worth, cementing himself as a solid threat by the end of his second year, coming into prominence by his third year. He is set to add to the young assets in Orlando, such as Tobias Harris and Moe Harkless, forming a young and hungry roster. Oladipo will perhaps not get the opportunity to start at his favoured position of SG, with veteran Afflalo still on the roster; this may explain why they have been trying Oladipo out at PG during the Orlando summer league.  Looking forward it would not be a shock if Afflalo along with Glen Davis are traded before the close of the offseason, for more draft picks or younger assets with upside. Oladipo showed ability to be able to create his own offensive shots and opportunities, in his final year playing in Indiana. He had previously been strong when attacking the basket, but now he was able to create space on the outside and score points with the jumper, reminiscent of a young Dwayne Wade. This form continued into the summer league, as Oladipo got his first experience in an Orlando jersey, albeit not the first team. He appeared to be putting down shots with ease, averaging 19 ppg, whilst still supplying assists with an average of 5 per game. Many experts stated that Oladipo was already making his claim to take the crown of Rookie of the Year, before the regular season has even kicked in. This sort of impact was predicted, as he was viewed as the most NBA ready player, as stated earlier. He is a player with high workrate, high ability and high potential, a coup by the Magic. Putting his basketball skills aside, throughout the draft process and his final year at Indiana, Oladipo established a fantastic reputation off the court. Since being drafted, he has been seen playing pranks on his fellow rookies and testing his vocal chords by singing about his draft experience. This likeable persona will make Oladipo one of the most liked and marketable players in the league, he is simply a ‘fun’ guy. The guard is set to be a figurehead for the Magic and the city of Orlando, quite contrasting to Dwight Howard whom by the end of his tenure brought more bad publicity than good, earning the name ‘Dwightmare’.  It won’t take long for Oladipo to become a fan favourite, probably the name that tops jersey sales amongst Magic fans, very much the face of the franchise. It is now time for the Magic to put their Dwight Howard issues behind them and focus on the future. The club has arguably done the better out of the Dwight Howard trade and is gradually acquiring assets that will propel them toward contending at the top again. This year will be a struggle for the Magic as the young players learn to grow, perhaps allowing them to grab top-prospect Andrew Wiggins come next year’s draft. Yet, the fans should still be excited, they have a top player in Oladipo and a bright future, every franchise has downtime before they surge back to the top, well unless you are the Charlotte Bobcats of course.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Mora calls UCLA's upcoming schedule 'a complete injustice'

Tommy Tuberville returned to Auburn, lined up at Tiger Walk

WATCH: Arizona State pushes pile 20 yards on TD run

Jim McElwain still won't name Will Grier Florida's starter

Steve Smith has microfractures in back, out for Week 5

Cowboys want Brandon Weeden to attempt longer passes


Nebraska captain tells crowd 'I'm sorry we suck'

Report: Dolphins could fire some coaches if team loses to Jets

Georgia fans get #FireRicht trending on Twitter

Mark Fox paints body, wears shoulder spikes in student section

WATCH: Nick Chubb ties Herschel Walker's record

WATCH: Ohio St. WR penalized for 'throat slash' celebration

WATCH: Dabo Swinney interview awkwardly cut off

Ohio St. LB Darron Lee has message for fans after close win

WATCH: Swedish league player unties opponent's skates

Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of the season

Ezekiel Elliott jokes he owes his OL a steak dinner

Mike Riley explains questionable pass play on third down

Torey Lovullo would be 'honored' by managerial offers

WATCH: Ohio State stops Indiana on 4th down to win game

McIlroy: Spieth, Day have made me hungry again

Jacob Coker Hits Calvin Ridley For 50-Yard TD

Sideline reporter stunned by Bama's 'new technology'

There is reason for cautious optimism with the Raiders

Nick Saban’s has personal umbrella holder with him

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Time for Neymar's Barcelona

Seth Rollins, WWE depth, Divas and winning

Madison Keys and the future of women’s tennis

Most underrated games in NFL Week 4

What to watch in CFB Week 5

Starter strategies for final, tie-breaker and wild card games

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 4

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker