J Pat Carter/Associated Press
Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will not play against the Miami Heat on Friday after suffering a wrist injury.
Continue for updates.
Timeline for Oladipo Return Uncertain
Friday, March 25
Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reported the news on Friday for the 23-year-old who has missed five games this season.
According to CBSSports.com, the injury is an undisclosed one, and there is no word when he will be back on the court.
The third-year guard’s 2015-16 season started in shaky fashion as he shot 40.1 percent from the field in November and 38.4 percent in December, but he’s steadily improved despite bouncing around between roles.
So far Oladipo has played the role of starting shooting guard and sixth man as head coach Scott Skiles has experimented with different backcourt pairings and lineup permutations.
To date, Oladipo is averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three.
But even though his scoring and shooting numbers are down, Oladipo has proved his value time and again as Orlando’s premier defender on the perimeter.
“He is a first-team All-Defensive Player,” Skiles said, per NBA.com’s John Denton. “Maybe somebody will call me up now and argue, but I don’t see any perimeter player in the league right now playing better than him.”
Mario Hezonja projects as his most likely replacement on the wing, per Schmitz.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.