During the 2012 draft, we were talking about an explosive 2 guard who can defend, get to the rim, knock down 3's., and comes from a winning program. He was also considered the most improved player in the country. That player was Dion Waiters, but does that description sound familiar? Anyone see Oladipo making a huge jump in this year's draft (keep in mind this year is considered much weaker than last year)'
I like Tony Allen with a MUCH better offensive game
I was talking more of a draft position comp than a skill set comp...should've specified that.
Oh he's a lottery pick-mid first round now. He is a relentless defender that can check guards and wings(like tony allen) but is a much better offensive player and off ball scorer than Allen.
I used to say best case: Tony Allen. Worst case: Hassan Adams. But the more and more I watch of him I think worst case: Shannon Brown. He's a safe bet whereever he's drafted and think he could go in the lotto if he works out well for teams.
He is shooting 64% from the field and 50% from 3. That is incredible especially considering he shot 47 % and 20% from 3 last year. I could certainly seeing him shooting up the draft boards quickly. Victor and Otto Porter are the two most improved players in the country. I expect Porter to go top 10 and Victor will be on the fringe of the lottery. It only takes one team to love you and it wouldn't really surprise me to see him go as high as 7th.
Oladipo reminds me of what Deshawn Stevenson was supposed to be, and i'm not talking about the idiotic nbadraft.net 1998/1999, Michael Jordan comparison, but for today's comparison sake, I see a more relentless, more athletic Arron Afflalo.
I like that Afflalo comparison...that could be the best one I have seen on here.
I think he's sorta like Terrence Ross, super athletic, not a great ball handler, and improved his shooting all his years in school as well, best in transition.
I like Oladipo, but for College. I still think he has a ceiling of Shannon Brown/ Tony Allen. If I were a GM, I wouldnt take him in the lotto. After that he's good money, but not the lottery. I love his defense and athleticism and especially his passion, but he hasnt "hooked me yet" Their are several other players that I'd rather take in the lottery than Oladipo. He has ability, but he definitely benefit from having guys with much better skillsets around him. I think their are 5guys on his team with better skills, but not his motor and passion. By the end of the season, Oladipo may very well be a lock for lottery but i dont think that's the case RIGHT NOW.?.?...
Couldn't agree with this more...I love his energy and defensive toughness but he just seems like one of those workman college legends that will only be so so in the pro's. Not that this is a bad thing cause he should have a nice solid career as an energy boosting back up but I'm not seeing the star/borderline star potential some of these guys are seeing...
Same crazy athleticism. Same defensive potential (both not where they will be yet). Same ball handling/passing weaknesses entering the league. Both HARD workers and coachable.
Oladipo is a better ball handler and shooter than George was when he came into the league, but he plays SG as opposed to SF, so thats to be expected.
The next stage in Oladipos growth should be passing. He gets to the basket so easily at the college level that he doesn't look for his team mates often enough.
I'm a Celtics guy, so I got to watch Tony Allen before the Major knee injury. He could guard the 1 to 3 position at an elite level with his defensive focus and instincts not to mention being a elite run and jump athlete as well. Offensively he was only good for a 2 to 3 dribble drive move, below average shooter who shot from the right side of his shoulder. I haven't watched this guys enough to know if compares to Tony Allen.