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NBA Draft 2013: Orlando Magic select Victor Oladipo

Orlando added the Indiana shooting guard to its core in Thursday's Draft, taking him second overall.

David Stern and Victor Oladipo
David Stern and Victor Oladipo

The Orlando Magic have selected Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oladipo, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Indiana, averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.8 blocks in his junior season. He earned Consensus All-American First Team honors, the NABC Defensive Player of the Year award, and the Sporting News Player of the Year award.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday afternoon that rival executives believed Oladipo was the player whom Orlando coveted the most.

As his honors suggest, Oladipo is regarded as a game-changing perimeter defensive presence. There are concerns about how his size and lack of shooting ability will affect him at the NBA level, but by all accounts he works hard and will be a positive presence in the locker room.

Oladipo, who turned 21 in May, joins Arron Afflalo and Doron Lamb as Magic shooting guards under contract for the 2013/14 season. E`Twaun Moore has a non-guaranteed contract and could return to the team.

Magic fans ranked Oladipo as their third-favorite prospect on the Orlando Pinstriped Post Community Draft Board. Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore and Kentucky center Nerlens Noel ranked first and second, respectively.

Barring a trade, the Magic's next selection will be 51st overall.

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