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Oladipo the NBA Draft's hottest commodity

It's safe to say, definitively, that former Indiana guard Victor Oladipo has become the hottest commodity in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Chad Ford of ESPN conducted a "Secret NBA Draft Big Board" that gave NBA executives and scouts to rate this season's NBA Draft prospects from 1 to 50.

Oladipo, a 6-foot-5, 214-pound guard, came out on top.

A sure-fire lottery pick, Oladipo has impressed management from the top of the draft board to the bottom with his demeanor and skills. Today, ESPN 1000 in Chicago reported the Bulls are considering a trade with the Washington Wizards -- small forward Luol Deng for the No. 3 pick.

Many other teams inside and outside the lottery have been tied to the shooting guard. He also made some noise with his performance in a NBA Job Interview piece with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose of ESPN.

In a draft that is widely considered weak at the top, it seems like Oladipo has become the most intriguing option.

It makes sense.

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has loads of potential, but is coming off an injury.

Ben McLemore of Kansas is a similar player who is regarded as a better shooter, but has reportedly been less than stellar in individual workouts with teams.

And while Washington would likely nab Georgetown's Otto Porter immediately, there are teams such as Chicago shopping similar, more experienced pieces to try and take a stab at Oladipo.

For a draft expert's opinion on Oladipo, check out our Q&A with DraftExpress.com guru Jonathan Givony from April.

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