Oladipo finishes second to Michael Carter-Williams in NBA Rookie of the Year ballotting

Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo finished second to Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, the league announced on Monday. Carter-Williams got 104 of 124 first-place votes and 569 total points. Oladipo finished with 16 first-place votes and 364 points.

Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (16.7 points per game) and also averaged 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds to lead rookies in those categories. However, Oladipo’s numbers were the most comparable among rookies. He averaged 13.8 points per game in his first year in the league, second-most among first-year players. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Walt Bellamy, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 1961-62 for the Chicago Bulls, remains the only former Indiana player to win the award.


  1. Victor was used so differently by the Magic in this rebuilding year that it really wasn’t fair to compare the two strictly on numbers. He was a great pick for the Magic and we a thrilled to have him. He is our Rookie of the Year!

  2. We all knew that this would be the official vote. But Victor, at #2, was much more valuable to his team, played more games, and is one of the few players in the NBA to start at both the SG and the PG position!

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