Oladipo scores 12 in debut as Magic fall to Pacers

  • 10/30/2013 10:05 am in

(Photo credit: Jessica Hoffman/Pacers.com)

Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo got his first official taste of the NBA on Tuesday night.

Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft, came off the bench for the rebuilding Magic and scored 12 points in a 97-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

“This was my first game. I just got here. It’s going to take time,” Oladipo told reporters afterward. “You never know what to expect.”

A strong contingent of Indiana fans showed up to watch Oladipo make his NBA debut as he signed autographs and posed for pictures before the game.

Tom Crean and his wife Joani sat courtside at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and current IU players Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams were also in attendance.

Oladipo entered the game at the 5:38 mark of the first quarter and scored his first basket on a 3-pointer with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter.

He finished 4-of-11 from the field and also had three rebounds, three turnovers, two assists and a steal.

“It felt good getting that reaction from the fans,” Oladipo said. “But I like to win. Overall it was pretty good, it was amazing, they showed a lot of love out there. I’m truly blessed, grateful and thankful.”

Oladipo won’t have to wait long to get another shot at his first career win.

The Magic will be in Minneapolis tonight for a meeting with the Timberwolves before returning home on Friday for their home opener against Eric Gordon and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Amway Center.

“I know that it doesn’t come overnight and that it’s a process and that I need to be patient,” he said. “It’s frustrating because I want to be great and help my team win so much.  I just have to be patient.”

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  • RoscoD73

    Why did they pick the picture where Vic’s hand is in the defenders crotch? haha

  • RatKingSports

    He always has enjoyed playing D.

  • HoosierCruz

    just giving him the ‘ol Hansborough sac tap!

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    The ‘ol Cody sac tap.

  • HoosierCruz

    hahahah I forgot about that one… The Hansborough/bird-man sac tap was the first one that came to mind, but Cody was before that

  • PV Mike

    He also had 4 shots blocked (one was goaltending). But he will not be facing teams as tall as the Pacers very often (or at all).

  • BlakeD1223

    I was lucky enough to be at the game. He received a standing O when he entered the game. I have to admit it gave me chills. I’m sure it was a great feeling for him as well.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Hilarious! They did catch the old dong shot didn’t they? Lol! Oladipo could end up being one of the best Hoosiers to ever play in the pro’s. ESPN did a top 20 list recently of the best NBA draftees since 1989 by university. It was disappointing not to see Indiana on there, but it was pretty accurate. With Oladipo, Zeller and the current crop of talent, that will undoubtedly change.


    Here’s to much success in many areas for a long time Victor, much deserved.

    THANK YOU !!

  • “WILL”take charge!

    So the ole jab to the nuts , that’s how he gets around his man so fast !

  • longtimeIUfan

    Crean sure knows how to motivate. Taking Troy and Stanford to see where they can be in a few years!!!

  • Adrian Bachnivsky

    He bulked up over the summer. Beast. Rookie of the year, hopefully.