Can Oladipo live up to rookie expectations?
August, 15, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN.com
As far as living up to expectations is concerned, no rookie from the 2013 draft class may have it tougher than Orlando's multi-talented guard Victor Oladipo. Seemingly everywhere you look, the two-way force drafted No. 2 overall in June is being picked as the favorite to win the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year Award.
ESPN's Chad Ford ranked him atop his list, for example, ahead of No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett in Cleveland and C.J. McCollum in Portland. Perhaps even more telling is the view the ESPN Forecast panel had on the ROY; Oladipo came out with more than twice as many votes (284) as second-place finisher Trey Burke (105). Each first place vote counted as five points, with three points going to a second-place vote and one point going for a third-place vote. In short, the Magic rookie lapped the field. Not only is he the popular pick to win the award by a panel of savvy basketball minds, he's the pick by a landslide.
Will these type of expectations be too high for a player who wasn't even a college star until his junior season?