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Magic plan to use Victor Oladipo as a combo guard

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Rob Hennigan wants the ball in Victor Oladipo's hands.   (USATSI)
Rob Hennigan wants the ball in Victor Oladipo's hands. (USATSI)

The Magic had talked about playing No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo at point guard early in the summer. At an event for season ticket holders, Magic GM Rob Hennigan said this week that the Magic plan to use Oladipo at both guard spots.

Orlando has needs at both positions and can use a combo guard. The question for many is whether Oladipo has the ball skills to thrive in that kind of role. As a "3's and D" kind of guy, he could be spectacular, but those players are rarely made into stars. The team needs a young ballhandler to manage the offense (and allow them to trade Jameer Nelson). But is Oladipo a good fit for that?

Sometimes a college player's skill profile doesn't reveal what he's good at in the pros. The Magic obviously see something in his workouts to suggest he can act as primary ball-handler and score off the dribble. That's going to be a big question mark for them this season. If it works, they'll be further ahead in their rebuilding process than they'd planned. If it doesn't, they're still going to need to target a point guard in free agency or the draft next year.

 
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