New OKC Thunder guard, Victor Oladipo is at Summer League, supporting his new teammates. And takes time to discuss his excitement at joining the Thunders.
Three years after joining the Orlando Magic, as part of a youth movement, with the future in mind. He is leaving for another city, Oklahoma City with a differences attitude.
A little more than a week since the draft night deal that sent the 6-4 guard to the Thunder, he’s still adjusting to the idea.
“I’ve dreamed about that stage, you know?” Oladipo said at the Orlando Pro Summer League. “Dreamed about the opportunity to be on that type of stage and have that opportunity to compete for a championship, and now I have that opportunity. So I’ve got to take full advantage of it.”
Since the Magic made him the No. 2 overall pick in 2013, Oladipo was named to the All-Rookie first team in 2014 and has averaged 15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. But none of the 224 NBA games he’s got under his belt have come in the playoffs and that is expected to change.
“It’s kind of funny from going from one extreme to another,” Oladipo said. “But it’s pretty cool. It’s all a blessing, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life. It was shock at first. But once it settled in I got really excited, really fast.”
Westbrook sent out a Snapchat right after the deal was made public that said: “It’s curtains.”
“He reached out to me five minutes after the trade happened,” Oladipo said. “He’s excited. I don’t know if he’s as excited as I am. He just asked me if I was ready and asked me if I’m excited. I told him I’m ready. And I’m excited. It’s gonna be fun, man. Just can’t wait to put on that uniform and compete.”