Houston Rockets Shooting Guard: Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo has featured in six games for the Rocket this season and the team has gone 4-2 in those games. As the centerpiece in the James Harden trade, he has large shoes to fill but he should have no problem picking up the scoring slack.
Oladipo, as a Rocket, is averaging 22 points per game but he has seen his 3-point shooting dip from 36.2-percent when he was with Indiana to 31.3-percent in Houston. The sample size is so small that it shouldn’t be read into too much.
Oladipo, if his shooting gets back to normal, should be averaging close to 25 points per game and that doesn’t even take into account his stellar defense. The Rockets have quietly become one of the best defensive teams in the league and the addition of Oladipo should only strengthen a unit that has been in the top-five.
Any player who can impact the game on both ends of the court the way Oladipo can is a surefire starter on any team. Oladipo’s starting spot is a near lock and with John Wall, the Rockets will have one of the league’s best two-way backcourts.
Wall is the creator, Oladipo is the finisher, and together on defense, they should stifle even the best backcourts. Stephen Silas has had a tough start to his Rockets’ tenure but every night he has one easy decision, starting Wall and Oladipo in the backcourt.
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