The NBA released the results of it annual survey of the league's general managers Tuesday, and one of the clear takeaways from it is that they expect greatness from Orlando Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo.
According to the survey, 80 percent of the GMs who responded to the question "Who will win the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year?" answered Oladipo. His former Indiana teammate, Cody Zeller, came in a distant second with just 10 percent of the vote.
But the GMs don't merely forecast short-term success for the second overall pick; they think that, over the long haul, he'll continue to be the 2013 Draft's top player: Oladipo earned 40 percent of the vote in response to the question, "Which rookie will be the best player in five years?" with Zeller once again coming in second, this time with 13.3 percent of the vote.
In six preseason appearances, Oladipo leads the Magic in scoring with 13.2 points per game. He's also second in rebounding (6.2), assists (4.8), and steals (1.7).
Oladipo was the only real person of interest for Orlando in the GM survey. The only other Magic folks to receive votes were Nik Vučević ("Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2013-14?") and assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. ("Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?").