Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo finished second in last night’s Sprite Slam Dunk at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine won the contest.
Here’s a look at several of Oladipo’s dunks, including a reverse 360 that earned him perfect scores:
Morris is joined by SI.com NBA editor and former Podcast on the Brink host Matt Dollinger to discuss a variety of topics, including:
· Dollinger’s perspective on how IU has performed so far this season
· His November column for SI on the IU program, Tom Crean and Mike Davis
· NBA potential for Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams
· The development of Cody Zeller this year in Charlotte
· Noah Vonleh’s decision to go pro and if it was the correct one
· Victor Oladipo’s sophomore season in Orlando and his chances in the dunk contest at All-Star weekend
The NBA officially announced participants for this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk at All-Star weekend and former IU guard Victor Oladipo will make his debut in the event.
Oladipo, who is averaging 16.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in his second professional season, will be joined by Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Minnesota’s Zach LaVine.
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.
Oladipo has missed the entire NBA preseason after suffering a sprained MCL in his right knee and was hoping to play in tonight’s preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks before suffering the injury.
The injury is being described as a cut and bone break on right side of his face below the eye. He now faces facial surgery on Saturday, with no return timetable set.
Last season, Oladipo finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting after averaging 13.8 points, 4.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game for the Magic.
The former Indiana guard was selected No. 2 overall in the 2013 NBA draft after an explosive junior season in which he was named a first team All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after he set the IU single-season steals record with 78.
Vonleh said he was playing pickup basketball on Indiana’s campus when he felt a “pop,” which he thought was just a groin pull. But the pain grew worse, and he had an MRI that revealed a tear. Vonleh is now able to work out on an elliptical machine and start some light shooting and jogging. He says he’s feeling much better in the last week.