Tuesday afternoon, the NBA's annual survey of league general managers revealed 80 percent of them believe Victor Oladipo will take home Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, meaning the Orlando Magic guard would join Shaquille O'Neal and Mike Miller as the only Orlando players to win the honor. Later that night, in a preseason loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the 6-foot-4 guard split a double-team and dunked with a ferocity typically associated with players of O'Neal's size and strength.
With Orlando trailing by 18 and less than six minutes to play, the Magic use loop action to post Oladipo on the left block against the smaller Patrick Mills. San Antonio center Aron Baynes leaves Kyle O'Quinn at the top of the key to provide double-team help, but he does so weakly. In short order, Oladipo identifies the seam in the Mills/Baynes defense and attacks the rim. After one power dribble and two big strides, Oladipo throws down a two-handed slam with no Spur in sight. The play is available in the video embedded above.
The basket capped off a 22-point night for Oladipo, tying him with Mills for game-high scoring honors. The second overall pick in June's NBA Draft has averaged 14.4 points through seven preseason appearances, leading his team in that category. He also ranks third in rebounding (six per game) and second in assists (five per game).