Oladipo, a 6'4 swingman known best for his defense and athleticism, is currently projected to be the second-overall pick in SB Nation's 2013 NBA mock draft. Our own Jonathan Tjarks has him ranked a much-lower ninth on his big board, but justified Oladipo going off the board at the No. 2 pick with the following analysis.
Oladipo is an elite athlete with a high motor who plays with a ton of polish. Given how much he improved during his last season in college, it's hard to put a ceiling on how good he can become at the next level.
That's apparently what the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and even the Phoenix Suns think, too, as Ford wrote that a workout between Oladipo and Shabazz Muhammad (scouting report) -- fellow top prospect Ben McLemore (scouting report) was in Phoenix the same day, but declined to work out against his fellow projected lottery picks -- apparently helped cement his status as a top-five pick.
By all accounts the Suns (like just about every other team) were impressed. Sources say that Oladipo has moved into the Cavs' conversation for the No. 1 pick and also is under heavy consideration from the Magic at No. 2. Sounds like it would be a surprise if he goes past the Suns at No. 5.
Whether he goes No. 1, No. 5 or anywhere in between, it seems Oladipo has set himself up very well for a solid NBA career.