For the first time in his professional career, former University of Indiana guard Victor Oladipo has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
Oladipo is coming off his best season as a pro, as the Indiana Pacers guard established himself as one of the top two-way players at the guard position in the NBA.
Indiana basketball congratulated Oladipo on Twitter:
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) May 23, 2018
Prior to the season, Oladipo was traded from the Oklahoma City o the Pacers in a deal that sent Paul George to the Thunder. In his first season with the Pacers, Oladipo led the team to a record of 48-34, good enough for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Although the Pacers were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs, they pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games.
Oladipo was named to his first All-Star Team in 2018, and he also led the NBA in steals (177). He averaged career-highs with 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He also set career-highs in field goal percentage (47.7 percent) and 3-point percentage (37.1 percent).
This may not be the last of the awards for Oladipo, as he is widely considered to be the favorite to win the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year Award.
Here is 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team:
- Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
- Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers
- Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans
- Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers