COMMENTARY | The NBA season is very young. But through five games, Orlando Magic rookie guard and second overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft Victor Oladipo is already starting to change the culture in Orlando.
The Magic are one of the league's early surprises after starting the year 3-2, and Oladipo is one of the biggest reasons why.
While Victor Oladipo's career is only five games old, he may already be the best all-around player on the Orlando roster. Oladipo ranks in the top five on the Magic in virtually every statistical category and may already be the team's best on-the-ball defender, averaging a team-high 1.8 steals per game.
Among rookies thus far, Oladipo ranks second in scoring and steals, third in three-point percentage and fourth in both assists and rebounding. Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams in the only other player among rookies in the top five in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.
The Rookie of the Year talk surrounded Oladipo even before the former Indiana star ever took the court for the Magic. After his 360 breakaway dunk against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Oladipo is already an early favorite to win the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star weekend.
Oladipo's athleticism was never in question, but the rookie has been a much better jump-shooter than most would have anticipated at this point. Oladipo is shooting 46 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc. He has also brought tremendous energy to a team that won a NBA-low 20 games a season ago.
Oladipo's consistency cannot be discounted, either, as the rookie has scored in double-figures in each of Orlando's five games. Oladipo has been a stat filler-upper despite getting just 27 minutes per game.
When NBA scouts look for talent, they are usually interested in a guy that either score, rebound, pass, or defend. Rarely do they get all of those things in one package as the Magic have with Oladipo -- not to mention the energy and athleticism he brings. Oladipo still has some areas where he can improve like cutting down on his turnovers, but if there is something that Oladipo can't do, we've yet to see it.
Mike Ferguson is a Central Florida native and an Orlando Magic contributor for Yahoo Sports.
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