Victor Oladipo

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers, where he was named the Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year, the Co-NABC Defensive Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American by the USBWA and Sporting News. That year he was also named the winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy, given annually to the top player in men's NCAA Division I basketball.[2] Oladipo was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic and went on to be named to the NBA All-Rookie first team. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016, and then traded to the Pacers in 2017. He became a first-time NBA All-Star, led the league in steals, was named to the All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Third Team, and won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in his first season with Indiana. Despite an injury-riddled 2018–19 season, including a season-ending injury in January 2019, Oladipo was named an Eastern Conference reserve for the second straight year.

Victor Oladipo
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Oladipo with the Pacers in March 2018
No. 4 – Indiana Pacers
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornMay 4, 1992 (age 27)
Silver Spring, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolDeMatha Catholic
(Hyattsville, Maryland)
CollegeIndiana (2010–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2013–present
Career history
20132016Orlando Magic
2016–2017Oklahoma City Thunder
2017–presentIndiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life

Oladipo was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.[3] His mother, Joan Amanze Oladipo, is a nurse and Nigerian immigrant, while his father, Christopher Oladipo, a native of Blama, Sierra Leone,[4] is a public health executive for Prince George's County, Maryland with a Ph.D in behavioral science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Oladipo's parents married in the United States in 1985.[4][5] Oladipo has three sisters, Kristine (1986), Kendra (1990)[6] and twin sister Victoria.[7] His sister, Kendra, became deaf in second grade.[8]

After playing CYO basketball at St. Jerome Academy in Hyattsville, Maryland,[9][10] Oladipo played high school basketball at DeMatha High School, also in Hyattsville.[4][11] As a senior, he averaged 11.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. He led DeMatha to a 32–4 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and City championships. Oladipo was named to the Washington Post 2010 All-Met First Team and the First Team All-WCAC. He was ranked No. 144 overall and the No. 41 shooting guard in his class by Rivals.com, while Scout.com listed him as the No. 39 shooting guard in his class, and ESPN listed him at No. 53 at his position.[12]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Victor Oladipo
SG
Upper Marlboro, Maryland DeMatha Catholic HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Sep 7, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN:
3 stars
   ESPN grade: 20
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (school)   Rivals: 41 (SG); 144 (national)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2010 Indiana Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  • "2010 Indiana College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Scout.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  • "Indiana Hoosiers 2010 player commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  • "2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.

College career

Oladipo chose to play basketball at Indiana University and major in sports communication broadcasting, turning down offers from Notre Dame, Maryland, Xavier and others.[13] Upon his commitment to Indiana he said, "It's like a basketball atmosphere everywhere you go....Bloomington, Indiana is a basketball town. That's perfect."[14]

During the 2010–11 season, Oladipo played in 32 games (five starts), averaging 7.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.06 steals in 18.0 minutes per game, while shooting .547 from the field.[12] He earned his first career start against Penn State on December 27 and responded with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists in 27 minutes of action.[15]

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Oladipo with Indiana in January 2012.

As a sophomore during the 2011–12 season, Oladipo averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game (47.1% FG, 75% FT). Some commentators referred to him as Indiana's "most improved player this season", and he was often cited as the team's best defender.[16] The team earned a #4 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and defeated New Mexico State in the second round. After defeating VCU in the third round, the Hoosiers lost in the Sweet Sixteen to Kentucky, the eventual national champions.

In the 2012-13 season, despite an Indiana roster deep with talent, Oladipo emerged as one of the nation's biggest stars.[17] Midway through the season, ESPN reporter Eamonn Brenann wrote, "In 2½ seasons in Bloomington, Oladipo has morphed from a raw athletic specimen to a defensive specialist/energy glue guy – he became a hit with IU fans for holding his hand in front of his face after dunks at home, typically after a steal he himself created – into a sudden, stunning, bona fide collegiate star."[17] Due in part to Oladipo's leadership, the Indiana Hoosiers finished the 2012–13 season as the outright Big Ten champions. At the end of the regular season, Oladipo ranked fourth in the country in field goal percentage (61.4), on pace to have the highest field goal percentage by any guard since the 1996–97 season.[18] Among Wooden Award finalists, he had the best net rating, which is the difference between points produced and points allowed per 100 possessions. Oladipo produced 42 more points than he allowed per 100 possessions.[18]

In 2012–13, Oladipo played and started in all 36 games, averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.17 steals. At the conclusion of his junior year, Oladipo racked up numerous awards. He was named the Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year, the National Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American by the USBWA and Sporting News. In conference honors, he was named a unanimous pick to the first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media, and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the year.[12]

Professional career

Orlando Magic (2013–2016)

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Oladipo with the Magic in December 2013

On April 9, 2013, at a press conference with Tom Crean, Oladipo announced his decision to forgo his senior season at Indiana and enter the 2013 NBA draft. He was projected as a top-14 pick by ESPN and CBS Sports. Oladipo was invited to sit in the "green room" during the draft and was selected second overall by the Orlando Magic, later signing his rookie-scale contract with the Magic on July 8.[19]

When the 2013 rookie class convened for its annual photo shoot and filled out its NBA.com Rookie Survey, the class voted Oladipo as the best defender, the co-favorite 2013–14 Rookie of the Year (with C. J. McCollum), the co-favorite to have the best career (with Kelly Olynyk) and second-most athletic (behind Tony Mitchell).[20]

2013–14 season

On December 3, 2013, Oladipo recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams of the 76ers also recorded his first career triple-double in the same game, marking the first and only time in NBA history that two rookies have recorded triple-doubles in the same game.[21] The last time that two players had recorded their first career triple-doubles in the same game was when Detroit Pistons' pair Donnie Butcher and Ray Scott did it on March 14, 1964 (they were not rookies). It was also the first time that two opponents had recorded triple-doubles in the same game since Caron Butler and Baron Davis had done so on November 23, 2007.[22] During the month of February, Oladipo participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Oladipo went on to finish second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Carter-Williams.[23]

2014–15 season

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Oladipo with the Magic in November 2014

On October 24, 2014, Oladipo was ruled out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice the previous day.[24] Two days later, the Magic exercised their third-year team option on Oladipo's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[25] He made his return from injury on November 14 wearing a facial protection mask as he made his season debut against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 25 minutes off the bench, he recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 101–85 win.[26] On January 12, he recorded 33 points against the Chicago Bulls and two days later recorded 32 points against the Houston Rockets to record his first career back-to-back 30-point games.[27]

During the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Oladipo competed in the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest,[28][29] finishing second in the dunk contest behind Zach LaVine.

On March 4, 2015, Oladipo scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.[30]

2015–16 season

On October 25, 2015, the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Oladipo's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season.[31] Five days later, he recorded his second career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a double-overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into double overtime.[32] Oladipo averaged just 12.8 points per game over his first 12 games of the season. Head coach Scott Skiles moved Oladipo to a bench role for the Magic's November 25 game against the New York Knicks.[33] Oladipo continued coming off the bench following this performance, averaging 17.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks over his first eight games off the bench.[34] On January 4, he started for the Magic for the first time since November 23. In 34 minutes of action, he recorded a team-high 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.[35] On March 18, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 109–103 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the ninth player in franchise history score 40 and the first Magic player to do so since Arron Afflalo in December 2013.[36] Oladipo missed the final three games of the season with a concussion.[37]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2016–2017)

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Oladipo with the Thunder in February 2017

On June 23, 2016, Oladipo was traded, along with Ersan İlyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Serge Ibaka.[38] He made his debut for the Thunder in their season opener on October 26, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes as a starter in a 103–97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[39] On October 31, he signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension with the Thunder.[40][41] A right wrist injury in mid-December forced Oladipo to miss nine straight games.[42] He returned to action on December 31 and scored 15 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.[43]On March 7, 2017, Oladipo returned to the starting lineup after missing six games with back spasms and scored 16 points in a 126–121 loss to Portland.[44]

Indiana Pacers (2017–present)

2017–18 season

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Oladipo with the Pacers in March 2018

On July 6, 2017, Oladipo was traded, along with Domantas Sabonis, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George.[45] In his debut for the Pacers in their season opener on October 18, Oladipo had 22 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists in a 140–131 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[46] On October 25, he scored a game-high 35 points on 11 for 18 shooting in a 114–96 loss to his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.[47] On October 29, he had 23 points and five assists and knocked down a step-back 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to propel Indiana a 97–94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.[48] He was subsequently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played October 23–29.[49][50] On December 10, he had a career-high 47 points and added seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Pacers to a 126–116 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.[51] He was subsequently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played December 4–10.[52] On January 23, 2018, he was named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve.[53] On March 23, in a 109–104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Oladipo extended his streak of games with at least one steal to 56 games, breaking a tie with Chris Paul and Gary Payton for the sixth-longest such streak in NBA history.[54]

In Game One of the Pacers' first-round playoff series against the Cavaliers, Oladipo scored 32 points in a 98–80 win.[55] He became the fourth player in Pacers history with at least 30 points and six 3-pointers in a postseason game, joining Reggie Miller, Chuck Person and Paul George.[56] In Game 6, Oladipo recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 121–87 win, helping the Pacers force a Game 7.[57] The Pacers went on to lose Game 7 to bow out of the playoffs despite Oladipo's 30 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals.[58]

On June 25, Oladipo was named the NBA Most Improved Player for the 2017–18 season. Oladipo averaged 23.1 points per game (ninth in the NBA), 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and led the NBA in steals at 2.4 per game. He set career highs in nearly every statistical category.[59] Also in 2018, Oladipo was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.[60]

2018–19 season

On November 3, 2018, Oladipo's 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining gave Indiana a 102–101 comeback victory over the Boston Celtics, as he finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds.[61] On November 17, against the Atlanta Hawks, Oladipo left the game in the first quarter with a right knee injury.[62][63] He missed 11 games with the injury,[64] returning to action on December 12.[65] On January 4, he scored 36 points and made a 3-pointer from just above the top of the arc with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to lift the Pacers to a 119–116 win over the Chicago Bulls.[66] On January 23 against the Toronto Raptors, Oladipo suffered from a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee,[67][68] which ruled him out for the rest of the season.[68] He underwent successful surgery five days later.[69][70] Despite the injury-riddled season, Oladipo was selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve.[71]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
* Led the league

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Orlando 80 44 31.1 .419 .327 .780 4.1 4.1 1.6 .5 13.8
2014–15 Orlando 72 71 35.7 .436 .339 .819 4.2 4.1 1.7 .3 17.9
2015–16 Orlando 72 52 33.0 .438 .348 .830 4.8 3.9 1.6 .8 16.0
2016–17 Oklahoma City 67 67 33.2 .442 .361 .753 4.3 2.6 1.2 .3 15.9
2017–18 Indiana 75 75 34.0 .477 .371 .799 5.2 4.3 2.4* .8 23.1
2018–19 Indiana 36 36 31.9 .423 .343 .730 5.6 5.2 1.7 .3 18.8
Career 402 345 33.2 .443 .352 .793 4.6 4.0 1.7 .5 17.5
All-Star 1 0 15.0 .375 .167 .000 2.0 3.0 3.0 .0 7.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Oklahoma City 5 5 36.2 .344 .240 1.000 5.6 2.0 1.4 .6 10.8
2018 Indiana 7 7 37.3 .417 .404 .732 8.3 6.0 2.4 .4 22.7
Career 12 12 36.8 .394 .354 .766 7.2 4.3 2.0 .5 17.8

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Indiana 32 5 18.0 .547 .308 .612 3.7 .9 1.1 .2 7.4
2011–12 Indiana 36 34 26.7 .471 .208 .750 5.3 2.0 1.4 .6 10.8
2012–13 Indiana 36 36 28.4 .599 .441 .746 6.3 2.1 2.2 .8 13.6
Career 104 75 24.6 .538 .338 .716 5.2 1.7 1.5 .5 10.7

Player profile

Oladipo is a shooting guard who is also capable of playing point guard.[72] Indiana coach Tom Crean would frequently attribute Oladipo's success to his extreme work ethic and pre-game preparation of reviewing film. Oladipo is known for entertaining fans with exciting dunks. As announcer Clark Kellogg noted, "Victor Oladipo is like a baby's bottom, smooth and sometimes... explosive."[73]

On offense, Oladipo is capable of aggressively and quickly driving to the basket, aided by his leaping ability. Following a victory by Indiana over #1 ranked Michigan, coach John Beilein remarked, "I've seen a lot of players. I don't know whether I've seen one quicker or faster, more athletic, than Oladipo. It's tough to stay in front of him."[74] His offensive proficiency improved as his outside shooting range improved each year of his collegiate career.

On defense, Oladipo has been described as a "lockdown off-ball defender who can defend multiple positions".[75] He has the quickness to guard point guards and the strength and athleticism to guard a forward if caught in a mismatch.[75] His athleticism and anticipation makes it hard to set a screen on him. He also rebounds well at his position.[75]

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2012–13 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

The 2012–13 Big Ten men's basketball season began with practices in October 2012, followed by the start of the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. Conference play began in early-January 2013, and concluded in March with the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. All conference regular season and tournament games were broadcast nationally. For the 37th consecutive season, the conference led the nation in attendance.

The conference enjoyed nine postseason invitations including seven to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament (NCAA Tournament). Eight of the nine postseason participants posted at least one win. The Conference compiled a 19–9 postseason record including a 14–7 record in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan was runner up in the NCAA Tournament and Iowa was runnerup in the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.

Trey Burke won almost every National Player of the Year award (Oscar Robertson Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Associated Press POY, Sports Illustrated POY, NABC Player of the Year and Naismith College Player of the Year), while Victor Oladipo won the Sporting News POY and Adolph Rupp Trophy. Oladipo also shared NABC Defensive Player of the Year with Jeff Withey. Four Big Ten athletes (Burke, Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Deshaun Thomas) earned 2013 NCAA All-American recognition (Burke, Oladipo and Zeller as consensus All-Americans). In addition, Jordan Hulls won the Senior CLASS Award and Aaron Craft earned Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year. Burke was the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Oladipo was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and Craft was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Craft earned national defensive player of the year recognition by CBSSports.com. Burke also earned the Bob Cousy Award.

With Oladipo, Zeller and Burke being selected 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Big Ten had its first trio of top ten selections since the 1990 NBA Draft. All five players who declared early for were drafted (Hardaway 24th and Thomas 58th).

2013 NBA draft

The 2013 NBA draft was held on June 27, 2013, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The lottery took place on May 21, 2013. This was the first draft for New Orleans under their new Pelicans name after playing as the New Orleans Hornets previously. It would also be the last draft for the Charlotte Bobcats under their old name, as they went back to playing under their old Hornets moniker that they last used in 2002 once the 2013–14 NBA season was over. Anthony Bennett, the first pick, bounced around the league, and then was finally released by the Brooklyn Nets after averaging just 5.2 PPG. He is considered the most recent candidate of being named the worst #1 draft pick in recent memory, with next to no major media outlets even considering him a potential #1 pick up until the day of the draft.Highlights of the draft included the first Canadian number one selection (Anthony Bennett). The draft also included the first Canadian pair of lottery picks (Bennett and Kelly Olynyk), the first Iranian draft choice (Arsalan Kazemi), the first New Zealander first round pick (Steven Adams) and the last first round draft selections announced by then-NBA commissioner David Stern, the very last of which included a visit by Hakeem Olajuwon, Stern's first pick he ever announced back in 1984. He was replaced by current commissioner Adam Silver beginning with the 2014 NBA draft.

2013 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, TSN and AP choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2013 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2013–14 Orlando Magic season

The 2013–14 Orlando Magic season was the 25th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Magic improved upon their league-worst 20–62 record from the previous season, but not by much, finishing 23–59.

2014–15 Orlando Magic season

The 2014–15 Orlando Magic season was the 26th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Magic looked to improve on their 23–59 record the previous season where they had finished 5th in the Southeastern division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. While they did improve their record by two games, they still finished 5th and 13th in the division and conference, respectively.

2015–16 Orlando Magic season

The 2015–16 Orlando Magic season was the 27th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They began the season hoping to improve upon their 25–57 output the previous season. They managed to improve by 10 games, finishing 35–47, but had missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

2016–17 Oklahoma City Thunder season

The 2016–17 Oklahoma City Thunder season was the 9th season of the franchise in Oklahoma City and the 51st in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On the April 9, Russell Westbrook broke the record of Oscar Robertson of most triple-doubles in a season with 42. Westbrook would go on to be named the League's MVP in June.

The Thunder would finish the regular season with a 47–35 record, securing the 6th seed. In the playoffs, they faced off against the Houston Rockets in the First Round, in which they lost in five games.

This was the Thunder’s first season since 2006-07 without Kevin Durant, as he left the Thunder and signed with the Golden State Warriors in free agency, whom had finished with the best-ever regular season record of 73–9 the season before, but lost in the NBA Finals after leading the series 3–1.

2017–18 Indiana Pacers season

The 2017–18 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 51st season as a franchise and 42nd season in the NBA. For the first time since 2010, Paul George was not on the team's roster as he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous off-season. Despite that, the Pacers improved on their previous year's record and clinched a playoff berth for the third straight season. Their season featured the emergence of Victor Oladipo, who the Pacers received as part of the trade for George.

The Pacers finished the regular season with a record of 48–34, which clinched the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, the Pacers faced the 4th seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, who had previously swept the Pacers in the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. The Pacers were once again defeated in the first round, losing to the Cavaliers in seven games.

2018 NBA All-Star Game

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was the 67th edition of an exhibition basketball game that was played on February 18, 2018. It was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. It was the sixth time that Los Angeles had hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 2011. Team LeBron won against Team Stephen 148–145. The MVP of the game was LeBron James, scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, winning his third NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. The game was televised nationally by TNT for the 16th consecutive year.

2018 NBA Awards

The 2018 NBA Awards were the 2nd annual awards show by the National Basketball Association (NBA), held on June 25, 2018 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and hosted by Anthony Anderson. James Harden of the Houston Rockets was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.During the ceremony, it was revealed during EJ's Neat-O Stat of the Night that the cover athlete of NBA Live 19 will be Joel Embiid.

2018 NBA playoffs

The 2018 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2017–18 season. The playoffs began on April 14, 2018 and ended on June 8 at the conclusion of the 2018 NBA Finals.

2018–19 Indiana Pacers season

The 2018–19 Indiana Pacers season was Indiana's 52nd season as a franchise and 43rd season in the NBA.

The Pacers endured a major setback when their star player, Victor Oladipo, suffered a season-ending knee injury in a January game against Toronto. Oladipo was nevertheless voted an All-Star reserve. The Pacers struggled after Oladipo's injury, posting a 16–19 record during the rest of the season. Despite their late-season struggles, the Pacers clinched a playoff appearance and matched their 48–34 record from the previous year.

The Pacers were defeated in four games by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. For the second time in three years the Pacers were swept in the playoffs, and the loss marked their fourth consecutive defeat in the first round.

2019–20 Indiana Pacers season

The 2019-20 Indiana Pacers season will be Indiana's 53rd season as a franchise and 44th season in the NBA. Following a playoff defeat, last season from the Boston Celtics in the first round without Victor Oladipo, the Pacers look to improve from a 48–34 record.

Combo guard

A combo guard is a basketball player who combines the attributes of a point guard (1) and shooting guard (2), but does not necessarily fit the standard description of either position. Such guards are usually within the 6' 2" (1.88 m) and 6' 4" (1.93 m) height range. Most combo guards tend to be between point and shooting guards in terms of height, although some possess the height of a point or shooting guard specifically which affects how each plays.

Combo guards became prominent in the 1990s, when players such as Allen Iverson and Penny Hardaway were switched between playing point guard and shooting guard, depending on offensive and defensive situations. Combo guards use their ball-handling skills to bring the ball up the court and set up teammates, while also having the ability to shoot well.

The best combo guards use their "in-between" height and athleticism to their own advantage: smaller point guards will use speed and agility to run past bigger players, while bigger shooting guards will shoot over the top of smaller players with their jump shots.

Historically, combo guards have been viewed as difficult for coaches to fit into an offensive system; however, combo guards have more recently become an important part of basketball, especially in the NBA. Dwyane Wade, a shooting guard with point-guard-like ball handling, led the Miami Heat to their first-ever NBA Championship in 2006, and won the Finals MVP award for the same championship series. In addition, the shift in the sport from a fundamental-driven style of play to a more scoring-oriented one means that the inferior passing ability of such guards is not viewed as a serious detriment. This shift is in part explained by hand-checking rules instituted by the NBA in 2007, which makes it a foul for a defender to use his hands to impede an offensive player. This allowed many smaller, weaker combo guards to use their speed to drive around stronger, taller players. In fact, many shorter young players (6' 2" or shorter) focus on developing their scoring abilities, whereas previously they would have to be proper point guards with the innate ability to pass to succeed in the professional leagues. For example on that end, Allen Iverson is 6' 0" (1.83 m) tall, but given his shoot-first mentality, despite his exceptional ball-handling skills, he started playing as a shooting guard. He was rated as the fifth-greatest shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008. Other examples of combo guards are Jerry West, Jason Terry, Monta Ellis, Goran Dragic, Lou Williams, Juan Carlos Navarro, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Victor Oladipo, Zach LaVine, Joe Dumars, and Jeff Hornacek.

This is in contrast to "true" (or "pure") point guards such as Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Kevin Johnson and Ricky Rubio. These players exhibit a pass-first mentality, value assists and steals over points, and embrace the responsibility of playmaker rather than finisher. They conform to the perception that a point guard's duties are to direct the offense, distribute the ball, create scoring opportunities for others, and attempt the shot only if there are no open teammates to be found.

Some players, for example James Harden, Devin Booker, Manu Ginóbili, Tyreke Evans, Shaun Livingston, Jordan Clarkson, Jamal Crawford, Greivis Vasquez, Lonzo Ball, and Rodney Stuckey, have the requisite size for a shooting guard (6' 5" or taller), but due to their above-average ball-handling and playmaking ability, are used as combo guards or even as swingmen.

In the Euroleague, the most notable examples are Vassilis Spanoulis, who has led his team to 3 Euroleague championships, and Sergio Llull, who has led Real Madrid to win Euroleague last season (2015) and nearly joined Houston Rockets that year before signing renewal with his lifelong team. Other examples include American-born Macedonian player, Lester "Bo" McCalebb.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are an American professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The Pacers were first established in 1967 as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and became a member of the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. They play their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The team is named after Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry.The Pacers have won three championships, all in the ABA. The Pacers were NBA Eastern Conference champions in 2000. The team has won nine division titles. Six Hall of Fame players – Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Alex English, Mel Daniels, Roger Brown, and George McGinnis – played with the Pacers for multiple seasons.

Kehinde

Kehinde (Short for Omokehinde) is a given name of Yoruba origin meaning "the second-born of the twins" or the one who comes after Taiwo. Though Taiwo is the firstborn, it is believed that Kehinde is the elder twin, sending Taiwo into the world first to determine if it is time to be born.Notable people with the name include:

Kehinde Andrews, British academic

Kehinde Sofola (1924-2007), Nigerian jurist

Kehinde Kamson (born 1961), Nigerian businesswoman

Kehinde Aladefa (born 1974), Nigerian hurdler

Kehinde Fadipe (born 1983), British actress

Kehinde Wiley (born 1977), American artist

Kehinde Fatai (born 1990), Nigerian-Romanian footballer

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born 1992), better known as Victor Oladipo, American basketball player

Lisa-Kaindé Díaz (born 1994), French-Cuban musician

Kehinde Bankole, Nigerian actressSometimes the name is also used in an Anglicised form as Kenny. Notable people known with this name include:

Kenny Adeleke (born, 1983), Nigerian-American basketball player

Kenny Onatolu (born 1982), American football player

Kenny Ogungbe Nigerian musician

Kehinde Okunoren (born, 1983), Nigerian fashion designer & Businessman

NBA Most Improved Player Award

The NBA's Most Improved Player Award (MIP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player who has shown the most progress during the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Brazil, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.Since its inception, the award has been given to 31 different players. No player has ever won the award twice. The most recent recipient is Victor Oladipo. Boris Diaw and Kevin Love are the only award winners to win an NBA Championship. Rony Seikaly, Gheorghe Mureșan, Boris Diaw, Hedo Türkoğlu, Goran Dragić, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only award winners not born in the United States; all but Seikaly were also trained completely outside the U.S. (Seikaly played college basketball at Syracuse).

Only Alvin Robertson, Dana Barros, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, Danny Granger, Kevin Love, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo have won the award and been selected as an NBA All-Star in the same season; Dale Ellis, Kevin Duckworth, Kevin Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Zach Randolph and Goran Dragic were the other winners who were later selected to play in the All-Star Game. Only McGrady, O'Neal, George, Dragić, Antetokounmpo and Oladipo won the award and were named to the All-NBA Team in the same season. The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have both seen five players win the award, the most in the NBA. Tracy McGrady is the first recipient of the award to be named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Oladipo

Oladipo (alternatively spelled "Ladipo") is both a Yoruba language surname and a given name meaning "More Wealth".

Notable people with the name include:

Victor Oladipo (born 1992), American basketball player

Oladipo Agboluaje (born 1968), British playwright

Oladipo Diya (born 1944), Nigerian general

Orlando Magic draft history

The Orlando Magic first participated in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft on June 27, 1989, about five months before their inaugural NBA season. The NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds from 1989 onward. Before each draft, an NBA draft lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season. Teams can also trade their picks, so some years a team could have more than or less than two picks.

The Magic were given their two picks in 1989. They selected Nick Anderson with the eleventh overall pick and Michael Ansley with the 37th pick. In 1992, the Magic won the NBA Lottery and with the first pick, they drafted Shaquille O'Neal, who went on to be selected as an All-Star a record-tying 14 consecutive times. In 2004, the Magic drafted a future All-Star, Dwight Howard. Throughout the years, the Magic had traded away some of their picks as well as traded for other teams' picks. As a result of the various trades, the Orlando Magic had three first round picks in 1998 and 2000.

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