Roundup: Oladipo progressing in second NBA season

  • 12/17/2014 2:06 pm in

Periodically throughout the season, we’ll take a look at how former Indiana players are performing in the NBA. Here’s our December update:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals in 32 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo is clearly the top former IU player in the NBA right now and after he missed the Magic’s first nine games with a facial fracture, he’s been one of the better second year players in the league. He’s shooting the ball much better than he did as a rookie (47.4 percent vs. 41.9 percent), his turnovers are down slightly and the Magic are just two games out of the playoffs in a depleted Eastern Conference.

Quotable: “It’s just about moving forward and not letting my head hang. Before, last year, I would let my head hang and nothing got better and it kept getting worse and worse. I tried something new last game – I stayed positive, I pushed forward and made plays. I went from slow to fast and took my time.” – Oladipo to NBA.com.

· Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets
Stats: 8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists in 23.8 minutes per game

Notes: The Hornets have been a huge disappointment, but little of the blame falls at the feet of Zeller, who has started in eight of the team’s 24 games. The Washington native is also shooting better from the field in his second season in the association and continues to gain confidence as he learns the league. He’s unlikely to ever blossom into a featured scorer for a NBA team, but Zeller has value as a smart, energetic player who competes on a nightly basis. He’s currently considered day-to-day with a broken nose.

Quotable:

· Eric Gordon, New Orleans Pelicans
Stats: 9.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2 assists in 29.1 minutes per game

Notes: Gordon’s NBA career, which has been derailed for years by injury, has continued down that path this season as he’s missed 12 of the teams 24 games due to a shoulder injury. Gordon’s poor play prior to the injury got him named to SI.com’s “All Atrocious team,” which isn’t a distinction any player wants on his resumé.

Quotable: “There’s going to be off and on pain. The thing is just trying to build back the motion and strength overall. As long as I keep on with building strength and have my mind not even thinking about it, it will better toward getting to contact. I’m making pretty good progress. Things are still on the right path at the right time.” – Gordon to NOLA.com.

· Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets
Stats: 2.7 points, 2.7 rebounds in 8 minutes per game

Notes:  There’s not much to say about Vonleh’s rookie season so far. He’s played in a total of just three games and has been frequently inactive, which means that even though he’s healthy enough to play, the team isn’t dressing him. He hasn’t played since back on Nov. 29 at Atlanta, when he scored two points and grabbed six rebounds in 12 minutes.

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  • Rob Mullins

    Victor, what else is there to say. Great basketball player and a better man and role model

  • Hoosier Hall

    I think it’s obvious that Vonleh could’ve used another year in college. Zeller will be a long time role player and glue guy. Oladipo is in the verge of stardom.

  • SCHoosier

    I would love to see one of this years players show just 10% of the defensive intensity and ability Vic brought to the floor every night as a Hoosier. He was something special and the sky is the limit for him..especially if his shooting % continues to go up and his TO’s number trend down.

  • NC Hoosier

    I love the updates on former Hoosiers playing ball professionally. Would enjoy seeing some numbers for Hulls, Sheehey, Watford, V. Jones and Elston as well.

  • Hoosier Nation 24

    Vic is just one of those special players a program should be so thankful to have had come through. Never had to worry about character issues, gave more than 100 % every single day, and took pride in his school. I’ll find myself forever comparing and waiting for the next Victor Oladipo.

  • hardly

    unreal to watch vic play today vs where he was 3 years ago (soph year.) shows what results can be achieved with vast amounts of hard work combined with god given ability. truly an inspiration to young basketball players.

  • SilentBob

    If Vic had shot it enough to qualify he’d 9th in the NBA in 3pt% and fifth amongst shooting guards. A head of the likes of Klay Thompson and Danny Green! Now he is developing a more than solid solid step back? Dude will be/ is special. Always adding something new to his game

  • Brklynhoosier

    Who was that masked man?

  • FinEndNow

    Once the Magic finally put Oladipo in his natural 2 spot he’ll get better. But they’re waiting on Elfrid Payton. But Oladipo and Payton will make a very good defensive backcourt in the NBA. Orlando will be an athletic team too. They also drafted Aaron Gordon from Arizona who can fly.
    Zeller is being smart(of course right?) and letting the game come to him as he learns it. He is an athletic freak even in the NBA. He can be a 14-16 ppg and 7-9 rpg type guy as a starter eventually.
    Vonleh has the tools to be very good. But he’s best at rebounding. He just has the body to do it. But the hernia he had and not being able to play the preseason hurt him a lot.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Zorradipo

  • GaHoosier

    I’m not sure if you have Twitter, but @ProBallHoosiers does a good job of keeping up with former players around the world.

  • NC Hoosier

    Thanks! I will be following them within the hour.

  • sean

    Any idea why the Hornets are keeping Vonleh on the bench instead of letting him get some minutes in the D-League?

  • srhise

    Vonleh should have stayed.