Victor Oladipo’s Breakout Season

by JOSIAH MCCALL

The former 2nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Victor Oladipo’s career wasn’t exactly exciting, at least until this season. Oladipo has played for Orlando, Oklahoma City, and was recently acquired by Indiana this offseason. For the Magic and the Thunder, his performance wasn’t mind-blowing, but not too bad.

Coming out of Indiana in college, he was a hot prospect going into the draft. His career starting out promising with the Magic, finishing second for Rookie of the Year award. The next season, his stats saw an increase and the potential was showing. His numbers didn’t change much the next season with the Magic, and the season after with the Thunder. It was beginning to look like Oladipo wasn’t going to blossom into a star.

Things have changed, however, following the trade that gave Oklahoma City star forward Paul George, and Indiana acquired Oladipo and several other players and draft picks. He is averaging 23.1 points a game, 6 points higher than any other season in his career, as well as leading the team to a 13-11 record so far. The Pacer’s roster did not look promising heading into the season, but Victor Oladipo has seemed to have found his fit, helping the team.