No matter how well a rookie plays in his first season, there invariably comes a moment where he gets somewhat humbled on the court by an NBA veteran. Here at All Ball, we’ll do our best all season to keep track of these moments, which we’re calling “Welcome to the NBA” …
By Jeff Case
Former Indiana Hooisers star Victor Oladipo is seen as the future for the Orlando Magic in their rebuilding efforts. His first game in the NBA, a homecoming of sorts vs. the Pacers, wasn’t awful — and it wasn’t great, either. On the good side, he ended up with 12 points, took seven of his 11 shots near the basket, had three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench. On the bad side, he was a minus-11, had three turnovers and two fouls. And, oh yeah, the Magic lost 97-87 to the Pacers, too.
But another good side for Oladipo? Pacers All-Star Paul George gave him his “Welcome to the NBA” moment early in the season, courtesy of this weakside block on the rookie during a Magic fastbreak: