Oladipo, Zeller earn NBA All-Rookie honors

  • 05/22/2014 2:29 pm in

Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named to the 2013-2014 NBA All-Rookie first team, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.

Oladipo, who finished as the runner-up to Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams in Rookie of the Year voting, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his first NBA season.

Joining Oladipo and Carter-Williams on the NBA All-Rookie first team are Utah’s Trey Burke, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr.

Former Indiana forward Cody Zeller, who was drafted fourth overall in last June’s NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, was named to the All-Rookie second team.

Zeller averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Bobcats, who made the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history. In four playoff games, Zeller averaged two points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game as the Bobcats (now the Charlotte Hornets) were swept by the Miami Heat.

Joining Zeller on the NBA All-Rookie second team are Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng.

Oladipo and Zeller are the first NBA All-Rookie selections that have played at Indiana since Eric Gordon earned second team honors during the 2008-2009 season as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers

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  • PocketHoosier

    Oladipo will have the Magic in playoff contention in a few short years. They’d better hit on their upcoming (4th overall) draft pick because I don’t think they’re going to be drafting this high for the foreseeable future.

  • Gregory Spera

    After Wiggins, Embiid, and Parker, the fourth pick is where it gets really interesting. Will Orlando go big or go Exum?

  • PocketHoosier

    My comment originally said “If they take Vonleh with their 4th overall pick, I think I might have to switch my allegiance away from the Pacers.”

  • HoosierGrampy

    Vonleh or Gordon would be sweet…

  • PocketHoosier

    Gordon is floating around that area where he isn’t worthy of a 4 spot but probably won’t be there when the Magic pick again at 12.

    I’m seeing the Magic currently projected to take Exum at #4 and then Stauskas at #12. I’m seeing Vonleh at #6 to Boston. I would personally like to see Orlando pair Vonleh up with Oladipo and then use that #12 on Stauskas or Gary Harris if he falls (projected #10 to Philadelphia)

    The amount of quality picks (projected) in the top 15 of this draft is just insane.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Exum is a bit of an unknown but if I were choosing for Orlando, I’d take him. They need a point guard (VO is much better suited to play the 2) and while Exum isn’t a “true” PG, they’d have tremendous athleticism and length in the backcourt for years to come. I’m not an expert on Orlando’s squad but I know they have Harkless, Harris and Nicholson that aren’t terrible and are capable of playing the 4 plus Vucevic to play the 5. I think they go point and leave Vonleh for Utah.

  • PocketHoosier

    I think they’ll probably take Exum as well

  • marcusgresham

    I haven’t looked at “expert opinion,” but if I need a PG I don’t know how I’m taking Zach LeVine over his teammate, Kyle Anderson.

  • marcusgresham

    Would you take Harris if you already have Oladipo, meaning you basically have two under-sized off-guards? If I’m drafting in the lottery I’m hoping to land a future starter.

  • PocketHoosier


  • PocketHoosier

    I’m seeing Kyle Anderson #18 to Phoenix. Not sure how reliable that assessment is, though. I think a lot of these mock drafts spend time on the first 5 or 6 picks and then they just fill in the rest because no one really cares lol

    …unless you live basketball year round, like we do.

  • Hoosier Hall

    No way! LaVine is awful! He didn’t even start for UCLA. He should have stayed another year at least.

  • Miamihoosier

    To me, Parker is the only sure fire star. Wiggins has the Kobe body/athleticism at the same age, but he has no where close the competitiveness. Randle can overpower college kids, but he’s not moving David West, Kendrick Perkins, Paul MiIllsap, Carlos Boozer, or pretty much any other 4 in the NBA. Even if he’s the next Zach Randolph (ceiling), he’s not changing the fortunes of a franchise. Embiid could be the next Thabeet, I see him as the riskiest move of the draft. If Orlando grabbed Vonleh at 4, and moved up a couple to snag Marcus Smart to run point, they’ll be in the playoffs in 2 years, and be built to stay there for a decade.

  • SCHoosier

    Probably a nice bonus in Vic’s contract for that. Cody’s probably wishing he had take a few more face basket shots while at IU…gonna have to be effective shooter going forward to get his minutes. Mason Plumlee?????

  • Florida Girl

    Most people here think we’ll take Exum, but who knows who will go 1-3. Look at last year, Anthony Bennett? SMH!

  • Ole Man

    Just my opinion, but Gordon has bust written all over him.

  • HoosierGrampy

    May be a little late for Stan Van Gundy to work some magic, but it wouldn’t bother me to see him unload some of the Piston Prima Donnas (Villenueva, Smith, Stuckey, Mitchell) and get a young talent like Gordon…I’d take Vonleh, but then what do you do with Greg Monroe?
    I don’t follow the NBA much, but if the Magic took Gordon, there would be very few teams who could keep up w/Victor and him in the open court for an entire game…

  • RMK

    Don’t see any way they take Napier at 12. Ennis would be more like it if they surprise people and go big with their first pick. I could also see Embiid falling to them at 4 if his back continues to concern teams. Who knows, with the way the draft is, Smart could also fall to them there. Smart would be in the same category as Granger was when he was coming out. Many people though 6-10 for him but he fell all the way to the Pacers at 17.

    If they go with Exum, I think Payne could go here.

  • RMK

    I think this is a little premature. Vic was impressive this year (and my bias opinion says that he was better than MCW but MCW’s stats were inflated) but the Magic roster is going to have a lot of turnover. Most articles I’ve seen about them have them moving Afflalo and Nelson. They have nice pieces in Harris, Vucevic, Dedmon, Harkless, and Nicholson, but I think the only starter caliber players they have are Vic, Vucevic, and possibly Harris. Long ways to go for them.

  • RMK

    Agreed. Tyrus Thomas 2.0.

  • RMK

    Disagree with the Thabeet comment. If anything, Embiid will be Greg Oden. He is already 10 times better than Thabeet ever was. He has a silky jumper and is so fluid. I wouldn’t take him in the top 3 because of injury scare, but I agree with the experts in that he is an elite talent and would roll the dice at 4.

  • Rie

    “But he’s more than a shooter. He’s put on a lot of muscle this season at Indiana and can thank head coach Tom Crean for helping him develop a more polished low-post game.”

    -Chad Ford


  • PocketHoosier

    If Exum is *not* available at 4, then at least one of Parker, Wiggins, and Embiid will have to be. No one really knows who among those are just trying to cash in on a rookie deal and then retire and who have the fire to be great, so any of the draft picks could turn out to be busts.

    But from an “outside looking in” perspective, I don’t see how Orlando loses on their 4 pick. There’s going to be a franchise level talent available to them regardless of who is taken ahead.

  • hoosierfan2336

    It depends on the moves they make in the offseason. I can see them having a very similar year next year like Phoenix had this year.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I’m not a Cleveland fan, but, I if I were, I’d be looking back at last years draft and kicking myself. Imagine if they had drafted VO 1st —- they would have KI and VO in the back-court —– they could have traded Waiters for something of substantial value (draft pick(s) or an above average starter for another team), and they would have the 1st pick this year. I’m just saying, they blew it by passing on VO.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Depending upon what team drafts each of them, Jabari Parker may have more difficulty finding his game than Aaron Gordon…

  • HoosierGrampy

    Thomas was little more than a punk with hops and an attitude. I understand he’s changed for the better.

  • Ole Man

    Hmmm….I thought Parker was more NBA ready than any of them…
    I get what you say about Gordon; however, to me he’s demonstrated nothing more than athleticism. And he can’t hit outside 10 feet (that’s being generous).

  • Doubt that Embiid will still be there for the fourth pick, but my guess is they go Parker or Wiggins if either is available. I also hope they get this one right. Think they could use a very good forward type more than Exum.. I hope they do get this right. I’d be nice to see Vic have a chance to become a playoff type of performer. They do need some help right now though.

  • I’m thinking if they take Exum, Vic eventually gets traded. Vic is not big enough for the 2 guard spot… If Exum gets there and performs at the point.. Vic gets traded. I would hate to see that, but my bet is, that’s what would happen.

  • I thought they were trying to make Oladipo a point guard. I believe that is where he played most of his minutes this year. So If Stauskas is available, they might take him as an off guard.. I’m still thinking they’d take either Parker or Wiggins if available at the 4th pick, with maybe Stauskas (who at least measured taller than Harris) at 12. Can’t believe Harris measured only 6′ 2.5″ at the combine.

  • vanpastorman

    Gordon reminds me of Blake Griffin in that regards. If Griffin got a reliable jump shot out to 20 ft he would be impossible to stop.

  • PocketHoosier

    I think you’re completely off base with your first statement. I think that Jabari Parker is the closest thing in this draft to a sure fire bust (in an “output” to “hype” ratio sense of the word bust) There is a consensus evaluation that he is the closest among the Top 8 draft prospects to the peak of his potential and that while Exum is a fairly unknown quantity, he has the foundation to be built up into a top tier pro player.

    Re Randle: I agree. You can never truly measure a person’s drive to improve themselves, but the tactics Randle used to dominate in college will not work for him in the pros. He’ll be in for a reality check.

    Re Embiid: Iff his back is ok, I think he’s going to be really, really good; that’s a big if though. If he were down in the 10 range, he would be a no brainer. But, he’s a huge risk being taken at the top of this draft because there are so many good options.

  • PocketHoosier

    From what I understand, the consensus is that Jabari Parker is considered the most “NBA ready” player but that he also has the lowest ceiling of the cream of this crop. Most people think he is very close to his peak.

  • PocketHoosier

    From what I understand, Orlando is wanting to reduce their reliance on any one guard and see Oladipo’s ability to initiate the offense as a big advantage at the 2 spot. They are wanting to pair 2 combo guards that can each handle initiation of the offense and can each create their own shots if need be which is one reason why there’s been a general consensus around the Exum pick rather than grabbing someone at the 4 spot and then drafting a pure point guard down at 12.

    I think if Wiggins somehow falls out of the top 3, plans would likely change a bit due to the unexpected opportunity presenting itself. If he can keep his head on straight, Wiggins be a top tier wing player in a few years and pairing him with Oladipo would lend immediate credibility to their otherwise poor offense.

    I haven’t heard this from anyone connected with Orlando (read: I heard it from draft prognosticators, and the validity of their predictions have spotty track records) but the Stauskas pick at 12 is seen as their pick for wing, not guard. Exum + Oladipo as combo guards with Stauskas’ shooting at wing could turn out to be a very solid offensive triplet.

    Add in a healthy Vucevic down low to those 3 and Orlando would have the solid outside inside core they’ve been working towards building since they traded away J.J. Redick and Howard.

  • PocketHoosier

    They definitely blew it on that one; the smart money for Cleveland was to grab Oladipo, but I can’t say that I didn’t expect it. They’re Cleveland. The only thing teams in that city know how to do is screw things up.

  • Ole Man

    Not hearing that about Parker. But I am hearing that about Randle, as one being near his peak.

  • Florida Girl

    Just an update…..No one thought they’d take Gordan, but they are very happy with Peyton and their later pick. Watching Vic and Elfred play together in summer league was a sight! Should be fun!

  • PocketHoosier

    yeah. Gordon was a pretty stupid pick for them to make with both Vonleh and Randle still available. I think Vonleh is the best player among the three and they’ll end up kicking themselves for passing on him. But there is no way that Gordon will end up being a better pro than Randle.

    I also think that the shell game with ล ari? and Payton was kind of silly. I guess we’ll see how it goes, but I think the Magic would have been better off to use the 12 pick on Rodney Hood/James Young or try to find a way to package something together to get Stauskas from the Jazz or McDermott from the Nuggets before the Bulls could come into the picture.

    But then again, they could have just gone ahead and taken Exum with that 4 pick, left Gordon to someone else in the Top 10 and ended up with a better result from trading the 12.

    There’s no way that Elfrid Payton was Top 10 talent; not in this draft class. I was disappointed.