Victor Oladipo narrowly missed winning his second consecutive Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award. The NBA announced Wednesday that Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams topped the Orlando Magic guard for January honors. The other finalists in the East, the league said, were Atlanta Hawks big man Pero Antić and New York Knicks swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. Out West, Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke earned top rookie honors for January.
Oladipo averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals in 17 January appearances, including 13 starts. With a True Shooting mark of 53.5 percent, he scored more efficiently than ever. However, many of Carter-Williams' per-game numbers--16.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists--trumped Oladipo's, though his 46.6 percent True Shooting indicates the Syracuse product could stand to improve offensively.
Regardless of the award's January winner, the real news is that Oladipo has made real strides as the season's worn on; he's shown no signs of hitting the so-called rookie wall. Tyler Lashbrook went into greater detail regarding Oladipo's brilliant January in a recent Ty Tuesday column.
As of Wednesday night, Oladipo still kept his December Rookie of the Month award in his locker at Amway Center.