Less than four weeks after getting traded to the Rockets, Victor Oladipo is still figuring things out.
“Everything’s different,” Oladipo said Monday following Rockets shootaround in Charlotte.
Oladipo is averaging 19.4 points in his nine games as a Rocket, but his shooting has tumbled from 42.1 percent as a member of the Indiana Pacers to 38.7 percent in Houston, and his three-point shooting has dropped below 30 percent, which would be a career-low, though he’s confident his stroke will return.
“I gotta constantly adjust, and just gotta keep playing hard and just go out there and be aggressive and everything else will take care of itself.”
Adjusting to his new team has been particularly challenging because Oladipo’s role seemingly changes on a night-to-night basis. With John Wall and Eric Gordon sitting out Monday’s game game against the Hornets, Oladipo will be the Rockets primary ball handler, but on Saturday, with Wall and Gordon on the floor, he played off the ball much more.
“It’s been different,” Oladipo said. “Adjusting. Being at the point and not being at the point. Certain guys out, certain guys in, different places, where my spot (on the floor) is going to be, but at the end of the day I have to have the same mentality.”
Getting traded is itself an adjustment, and while Oladipo had been moved twice before, the third trade was quite different. He was flipped from Orlando to Oklahoma City and from Oklahoma City to Indiana during the offseason with plenty of time to get used to his new teammates and city. The trade to the Rockets came in the middle of a condensed season.
“Before I was traded in summertime, so I had time to get acclimated, training camps and all that, being traded in the middle of the year is different. It’s an adjustment, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. I just gotta go out there and have the same approach, same mindset every night. Just go out there, have fun, play as hard as I can on both ends of the floor, and everything else to take care of itself.”