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2013 NBA Draft LB Big Board: Oladipo Victorious in Round 4

Victor Oladipo racked up nearly 60% of the vote from Liberty Ballers readers to take the number 4 spot on our big board.


Victor Oladipo is a favorite among the writers here, I think. Maybe it's because we like wing defenders who always go unappreciated compared to bigger names or players who are thought to be better but really aren't? I can't speak for Levin, Tanner, Derek, Dave, Baumann, Roy, Brandon, Rich, or Justin, but I'm certainly guilty of it.

Oladipo had that "unappreciated" profile for a while - overshadowed by the really, really, ridiculously tall shadow Cody Zeller projects, Oladipo gained a lot of fans with his mind-blowing athleticism, tough defense, and perceived potential. As scouts saw Zeller and dropped him further and further down their draft boards, they saw Oladipo and upped his ranking.

Oladipo seems to be a favorite of the crowd around here as well, drawing the highest percentage vote so far and earning the number 4 spot on our big board with 59% of the vote. He slots behind Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, and Otto Porter in the top 3. Like Porter, Oladipo should be an impact defender almost immediately, and you hope his offense catches up in time. If he continues his improvement from last year, he could be great.

Anthony Bennett, Trey Burke, Alex Len, and CJ McCollum are the holdovers from the latest round of voting. I'm adding Shabazz Muhammad to this round of voting, even though he continues to drop down mock draft boards after aging a full year overnight and measuring poorly at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. But it only takes one team to like him, and some mocks still have him in the top 10. So he's added, and we put off the Zeller/Plumlee/Olynyk trio for at least one more day. Make sure to vote below!

In related news, draft workouts should begin soon for the Sixers. Since the team currently lacks a head coach, Michael Curry will be tasked with running the workouts, which Sam Hinkie and his guys will observe (per Dei Lynam). A coach could be hired by then however - Tony DiLeo leading the coaching search ended before he could go anywhere with Hinkie's hire - so there's reason to believe that a coach might be hired by the time workouts commence.

1. Nerlens Noel (47%)

2. Ben McLemore (49%)

3. Otto Porter (42%)

4. Victor Oladipo (59%)

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