Victor Oladipo, a former Indiana guard, has enjoyed a breakout season with the Indiana Pacers in his fifth season in the NBA. He’s averaging 24.2 points, 3.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, and he’s likely to be named as a reserve when the full NBA All-Star teams are released Tuesday night.
“Oh, it’s a blessing, definitely. It’s definitely a blessing to be considered in talks….It’s a team thing, so I credit them for all my success. I’m just going to continue to work hard.”
Victor Oladipo on likely becoming an NBA All-Star tonight: pic.twitter.com/np7YOVWOvO
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) January 23, 2018
Oladipo is one of the NBA’s top turnaround stories this season, having finally lived up to the hype attached to him when he was selected second overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder after three seasons in Orlando, before being dealt again the following offseason, this time to the Pacers.
He played three seasons under coach Tom Crean at Indiana, and as a junior in the 2012-13 season, he averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals. He was named National Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with Kansas’ Jeff Withey, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
With Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers are 25-22 and occupy the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.