Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons Draft Targets: Victor Oladipo, SG-Indiana

EAST LANSING, MI - February 19:  Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates a second half basket with Victor Oladipo #4 and Kevin Ferrell #11 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Indiana won the game 72-68. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Jay WierengaCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2013

In the first article of this series, I profiled Michigan's Trey Burke.

In this second article, I will take a look at Indiana Hoosiers' Victor Oladipo.

 

 

Scouting Victor Oladipo, SG-Indiana


The first thing that you notice when looking at Oladipo is his tremendous athleticism.

Offensively, there is relatively little he can't do. He uses his athleticism, quickness and leaping ability to terrorize opponents in transition.

He can create his own shot and has drastically improved his range, hitting close to half of his three-point shots this season.

He is an intense competitor, something that comes across both in his defense and rebounding ability. For a 6'5" shooting guard, Oladipo's six boards per game is fantastic.

His on-the-ball defense and athleticism is calling to mind Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But at this stage of his career, Oladipo is actually better than Kidd-Gilchrist.

Oladipo is in constant motion, exhibiting great basketball intelligence and fantastic motor.

The only flaw in his game seems to be a relatively high turnover rate of 2.2 per game.

However, that should improve at the next level since he likely won't be asked to burden as much of the load.

The only real concern surrounding Oladipo is his height.

Some have him at 6'5", while others have him a little closer to 6'4". It will be interesting to see where he measures out to during the pre-draft workouts.

 

 

How Oladipo fits in Detroit


The Pistons desperately need to improve on the wings.

This team is looking for a new identity. They need toughness, intelligence and intensity. They also need scoring, defense and athleticism.

Oladipo brings all that and more.

If the Pistons are able to select Oladipo, they will be getting a potential All-Star talent that they can build around for the next decade.

On the court, Oladipo not only will improve the team's defense but will further open up the transition offense.

In the half court, Oladipo will help with spacing and will use his slashing ability to take pressure off of the frontcourt.

Anyone playing the point guard position will benefit from having a dynamic scoring option that will also draw the opponents top offensive guard.

The question comes down to what the Pistons feel is Brandon Knight's future with this team.

Is he an undersized shooting guard? Or a point guard that lacks the instincts for the position at this time?

Either way, this team is woefully short on talent, and Oladipo is arguably the most talented player in this draft.

 

 

Outlook


Sadly for Detroit, Oladipo has seen his draft stock skyrocket over the past month or two. Once viewed as a fringe first-round pick, Oladipo is currently projected as high as a top-three selection. 

With Detroit slipping in the standings, they still have a shot at getting him depending on what happens in the NCAA Tournament.

Detroit likely will be drafting somewhere between seven and 10. If they continue their current slide, they could draft as high as number three overall.

Regardless, the Pistons need to get a dynamic wing player one way or another. If they have to trade up to get Oladipo, so be it.

A package involving Brandon Knight could bring back a lottery pick, but more than likely it would take Greg Monroe in order to secure a high pick and not lose their own.

Is it worth it? It really depends on how high the ceiling is on Oladipo and whether or not the Pistons feel that Monroe can fit their future plans.

Should they be worried that Monroe isn't in a hurry to sign an extension?

That is one of the many questions to be answered over the next few months.

One thing is certain, the Pistons will need to get this draft right if they have any shot of improving for next year and the years to come.

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