I feel like I did all that research on Oladipo for people just to ignore... should I link it again...
Here ya go...
Oladipo is a great competitor, a fierce defender, and a very good slasher.
If this sounds familiar, it is; because this is what most of us were saying about MKG last year before and after the draft.
I actually wanted MKG and thought that those traits that I mentioned above would make up for the fact that he couldn't shoot worth a lick.
So as I address Oladipo, I am going to address him as a shooting guard because that's the position he would play if he were selected by the BuzzCats.
One thing that every shooting guard needs is an outside shot. So I'm strictly going to limit my assessment of Oladipo based on his outside shot (at first).
Oladipo shot 44% from the three point line, which is great on paper. However, Oladipo only averaged 1.9 three point shots per game meaning that if he made at least one three point shot per game; his average would not fluctuate.
To put this in perspective, the other top shooting guard in the draft: Ben McLemore averaged 4.7 three point shots per game while making 42% of his three point shots.
If you want to dig even further, Oladipo only recorded three games (out of 36) where he recorded multiple three point buckets and the most three pointers he ever made in a single game was two. In comparison, Ben McLemore recorded 17 games (out of 34, half) where he recorded multiple three point buckets including six games where he recorded 4 three point baskets or more (McLemore also had two games where he recorded 6 three point baskets).
Oladipo is certainly a very good player, after all his average on his two point field goals is an astonishing 64% on 6.6 two point field goal attempts per game. Now if a common guy like me can figure out that Oladipo is flat out ridiculous from two point range, don't you think that NBA coaches will find that out as well? I am almost willing to guarantee you that Oladipo will be picked up at the three point line in a man-to-man defense and played with a two foot cushion so that he is forced to take the three point shot or pass the ball. Remember NBA shooting guards aren't going to be as slow of reactors to Oladipo's quick drives and slashes as NCAA shooting guards are.
Now I feel like some of you might say, "defenders are just going to play McLemore at the three point line," so I decided to look into the topic. After looking at all the shooting guards that are figured to be drafted (McLemore, Oladipo, McCollum, Caldwell-Pope, Hardaway Jr, Franklin, Crabbe, Jackson, Ledo, Green, Goodwin, Abrines, Nedovic, and Young), McLemore's 55.3% on 6.1 field one goal attempts per game is second to only Oladipo (or third to Albrines depending on how you view his stats).
I went a head and read some columns and watched a few games that I had DVR'd at home (I always DVR big games) to find out that though McLemore does struggle on the single dribble and shoot technique, he is actually pretty good at creating his own shot and driving to the hole. This assessment leads me to believe that defenders will have to play McLemore as a true all-around shooting guard or he will burn them.
Finally McLemore averaged a whole 10.8 field goal attempts per game to Victor Oladipo's 8.4 field goal attempts per game. This leads me to believe that McLemore has no problem being the go-to-guy as he averages nearly 11 shots per game. If you actually do the math, (4.7 three point attempts plus 6.1 two point attempts) you can see that McLemore averages around 26 points worth of shots per game. On the contrary, it looks like Oladipo does not have a problem deferring a shot to a teammate, which isn't a bad thing if he is playing on a team like OKC. However, with a team like the BuzzCats that could potentially have Biyombo and MKG out on the floor at the same time, you don't want another player on the court that doesn't mind passing up the ball or can't get off a three point jumper at the end of the game.
So the question is, do you want to wait three to four years for Oladipo to develop a three point jumper (that's about the time frame that Henderson developed his), and could potentially be a Dwayne Wade type of player? Or do you want McLemore, who will get you 15 points night in and night out; while reminding you of a young Ray Allen?
I hope this helped some of you guys out.
By the way, I'm an Alex Len guy; mainly because I really like Henderson and I'm desperate for a dominant big man. I just did this for research purposes. Maybe I can put it in a column at school for my coaching stats class if you guys think it's good enough.