Oladipo finishes second in Rookie of the Year voting

  • 05/05/2014 10:02 am in

Former Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo was the runner-up in the 2013-2014 NBA Kia Rookie of the Year award voting, the league announced on Monday morning.

Oladipo, who averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his first NBA season for the Orlando Magic, received 16 of the 124 available first place votes.

Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams received 104 first-place votes to win the award. Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game for the 76ers, who finished 19-63.

Utah’s Trey Burke was third in the voting.

Oladipo was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December and February, becoming the first Indiana player to earn that distinction since Eric Gordon was the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in January of 2009 with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Walt Bellamy (1961-1962, Chicago Bulls) is the only Indiana player to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

NBA Rookie of the Year voting

· Michael Carter Williams, Philadelphia: 569 points (104 first-place votes)
· Victor Oladipo, Orlando: 369 points (16 first-place votes)
· Trey Burke, Utah: 96 points (One first-place vote)

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  • MillaRed

    I wonder how Victor would have answered to this when he arrived in Bloomington 4 years ago, “You will be an All-American as a junior, and the 2nd best rookie in the league after you are the #2 overall pick in the NBA draft.”

  • SCHoosier

    Great year for VO..had a tough time adapting to the point guard role. I think the turnovers (waaaaay too many ) probably impacted the vote. Vic did improve his shooting through out the year..played every game like it was the last..and is a real building block for the Magic. Congrats to Carter-Williams..Excellent personal performance on a REALLY awful team.

  • mailman42

    Great year Victor!! Definitely gonna help IU with recruiting wing/slasher type of kids.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Most guys would love to have accomplished that in just a few years. Problem is, most guys don’t work as hard as Vic did.

  • Gregory Spera

    Yes. Everyone must keep in mind that Vic accomplished all this while being force fed a new position. No doubt the guy is incredibly talented and a fast learner. Looks like a potential All-Star to me. How much fun is it going to be to follow Vic’s career? Vucevic is another potential star for Orlando. It will be interesting to see if the Magic can build a good team around these two young guys.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    happy for and proud of VO. he and CZ represented IU well this year, on and off the court.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’d like to see them land Jabari Parker. They would really be in good shape then. I could see Vic and Parker being like a Westbrook and Durant combo.

  • Great 1st season. Let’s hope Cody can find a way to eventually reach his full potential as well. These guys are great ambassadors.

  • MillaRed

    Most guys? How about every kid in Division 1 bball history! Especially a 3 star recruit 🙂

  • Snookafly

    Couldn’t be happier for Vic, just wish it wasn’t Michael Carter Williams who stung us again.