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One of the bigger storylines for the Magic this year is the experiment with Victor Oladipo playing point guard.
Oladipo was drafted as a guard, as Rob Hennigan continually tells us, and he will see time at both guard positions as the year goes on. Oladipo has largely delivered with some bumps in the road, already pointing fans to go on triple double watch on a nightly basis. In six preseason games, Oladipo is averaging 13.2 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, 6.2 rebounds per game and 1.67 steals per game.
He has looked very good for the most part as he continues to adjust to the speed of the NBA game.
Oladipo's learning process though gives us a good look at what it takes to be a point guard. The Magic have been relatively set at point guard so long they have not really needed to develop one on their own. This year Jacque Vaughn (a former point guard himself) will be helping Oladipo learn the position on his own.
So what does the position take? What goes into a good point guard?
"The point guard position is a challenge," Jameer Nelson said. "You are not just out there passing the ball, you have to look for your own shot as well. But you have to understand when you need to do both. There is a time and a place for both. I think he'll get it. I think it will take some time, just like anything else. But I'm here to help him work at it."
He is certainly part floor general, bringing the ball up and initiating the offense each time down the floor. He is part game manager, distributing the ball to the players that need the ball in their hands while making sure he gets his own. He is a Swiss Army Knife, a guy who has to create for himself to keep defenses honest while also looking to set up others.
A lot goes into the position. And with the way the NBA is going, the point guard's role is even more important as a creator and offensive generator and leader. The point guard is very much the pulse of the team.no comments