Magic hope Oladipo lives up to Wade comparisons

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013

"When we sat down with him it became apparent that he's about what we want to be about," said general manager Rob Hennigan. "He views the game how we want players to view the game. He has a sense of urgency and intensity that will bode well for him and us."

Even in considering Oladipo's position, the comparison with Wade came up.

"What we did with him is what I did with Dwyane Wade his last year," Crean said. "Dwyane played 32 minutes a game and about six of those minutes were at the point because he needed to have that in his system. And Miami actually drafted him as a point guard.

"There's no question Victor Oladipo is a guard, but we needed him on the offensive boards. He's just such a basketball player that you don't want to take his strengths away from him, but building that strength of being able to run an offense is something we were very conscious of."

It is at the defensive end of the floor that the comparison is most valid. Crean said Wade and Oladipo are the only players he has coached to average more than 12 deflections in a game for a season. Oladipo also set a school record with 78 steals and was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. It vaulted him up the draft charts.

"A year ago, nobody was saying one word about me and nobody really knew who I was," he said. "I know where I've come from. I know what kind of background that I come from. At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but if you don't produce it can all be taken from you in a second."