What would he bring to the Pistons?
Shinons*: Vic was one of the most fun players to watch at IU since A.J. Moye. Athletic, energetic, obviously incredibly talented. He was a lock-down defender, always guarding the opposing team's best scorer - the primary game plan when facing IU was sending as many off the ball screens Vic's way just to get the ball in this player's hands. He won't bring all that much to the table offensively, but if his junior year was an indication it will be clutch and super-efficient.
Mike Payne: Efficient scoring from a wing player. Defense. Incredible nickname versatility. Victor Oladipo can potentially bring to Detroit nearly everything it needs from an off-the-ball wing player.
Think of Victor Oladipo as a Ronnie Brewer with range. A tough, active defender capable of playing both wing positions, but in this case, it's looking like Oladipo can be a serious threat from outside. If that holds in the NBA, he could be the richest output from the mold of guys like Brewer, Arron Afflalo and others.
Sean Corp: Possibly elite perimeter defense, which on a team with a lot of holes on the rosters is probably its most glaring need. Andre Drummond can protect the paint but someone needs to be assigned to the opposing team's best shooter and be responsible for quality pick-and-roll defense or the entire defensive scheme is going to break down. Enter Oladipo. Best of all, he seems tailor made for the "3 and D" role that the Pistons need to fill and drafting Oladipo would get it done cheaply. Mike brought up a concern regarding turnovers but I would be less worried about that. Specifically because I think with Greg Monroe, Drummond, and hopefully Jose Calderon in the fold, the team is in a position to not ask too much of their newest draft pick. Oladipo just needs to bring his natural defensive skills and his 3-point shooting.
Kevin Sawyer: Defense and efficient shooting. Oladipo was always a solid defender with great athleticism, but his junior season saw him become one of the most efficient scorers in the NCAA. His three point shooting was among the nation's best, but he also converted 60% of his two point attempts. In almost every category, Oladipo excelled this season.
Oladipo's athletic numbers are very strong. Among wing prospects, only Jamaal Franklin has Oladipo's pace adjusted rebounding numbers beat, and his steal rate is second only to Michael Carter-Williams among prospects at any position.
I see him as a Sefolosha type of player, a lockdown defender who picks his spots on offense. His shooting should allow Monroe and Drummond to operate more freely in the paint.
Biggest red flag?
Shinons*: His offensive efficiency obviously exploded this year. Why? Cody Zeller drew tons of double teams. Opposing players had to respect Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford's dead-eye shooting and close out on rotations. Oladipo could take advantage of the ball movement to use is straight-line speed to attack the rim. Also, he couldn't shoot his first two years but somehow became elite last year.
Mike Payne: I'm surprised I haven't heard this talked about yet, but it jumped out at me when looking at the numbers-- he's got a startlingly high number of turnovers for a guy with such a low number of shot attempts. His 2.3 turnovers per game compared to 8.4 shot attempts makes Brandon Knight look like a careful ball handler. Furthermore, that rate has stayed steady throughout his career, suggesting that this isn't a fluke. If Detroit doesn't keep Calderon and they draft Oladipo, a combo of Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Victor Oladipo could lead the league in turnovers per game.
A close second? His out-of-nowhere 3-point performance. I'm less worried about this, though, because he shoots well enough from two to maintain solid averages even when his 3-pointers aren't falling. I do think his hot hand from the perimeter will continue in the NBA, as this year's sample features more attempts than either of his prior seasons.
Sean Corp: His 3-point shooting. In his first two seasons at Indiana, Oladipo shot 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively. That suddenly shot up to 44 percent last season. Was it a blip or a new normal? I don't know but the Pistons have recent experience drafting a sharpshooter. Kim English shot 46 percent on 170 attempts his senior year (102 attempts more than Oladipo's most recent season). This followed years of converting a relatively average (but still way better than Oladipo) 37 percent his previous three years. Then in his rookie season in Detroit converted only 28 percent of his attempts from long range. I think a lot of that had to do with English's lack of athleticism and Oladipo will have no trouble in that department. Still, though, it does worry me.
Kevin Sawyer: Oladipo used only 16.6% of his teams possession when he was on the court, and yet somehow managed to turn the ball over three times per 40 minutes. Among wing prospects, only Jamaal Franklin (again) and Branden Dawson have Oladipo's turnover rate beat.
Some have expressed concern Oladipo's three point shooting is a fluke. Even if they are, to some degree, his athletic numbers suggest he'll be able to find his shot. Further, he seems to be the sort of player who understands when and where to shoot. It's not uncommon for a player like him to see a spike in offensive efficiency.
On a scale of 1/10, how would you feel about Oladipo joining the roster?
Shinons*: 8/10. What made Oladipo a good player wasn't his offense. It was his energy and ability to shut guys down. He has the potential to be the best perimeter in the league. His offense, I don't know. I don't think he'll be able to hit the NBA three ball his first few years in the league. But if he can, or if he can learn to, he'll be fantastic.
Mike Payne: 7/10. I love the idea of a Ronnie Brewer with range. I don't like the turnovers, and I'm nervous about the 3-point shooting. If the plan is to play him at the 3 next to Brandon Knight, I'll be watching Pistons games through my fingers next season. If he's drafted to replace Brandon Knight, I'll learn to live with the turnover rate in time.
Sean Corp: 9/10. Frankly, I am not that worried about Oladipo not being a productive player in the NBA. His defense alone will keep him in the league for 10 years and his defense on the Pistons will be especially appreciated. If the Pistons keep Jose Calderon it will be imperative that they put a solid defender next to him. Plus, it makes the possibility of the Pistons shipping out Brandon Knight and/or Rodney Stuckey a little more likely.
Kevin Sawyer: 10. Oladipo is on top of my draft board, and he just happens to meet the team's most glaring need.
Now, your thoughts.