Victor Oladipo was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder back to his home state and Indiana Pacers in the offseason, and things couldn’t possibly be going better for him.
As you know, Oladipo was part of the deal for Paul George, which also sent Domantas Sabonis from OKC to Indy.
Oladipo was selected by the Eastern Conference coaches as a first-time All-Star. George made it in the West as an injury replacement.
Maybe. And who ever thought we’d be saying that?
Either way, the humble Oladipo has been enjoying his success, playing for his state’s NBA team, and seemingly not holding any grudges. Things have been going too well for that.
Oladipo said as much in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Sports, posted Tuesday, when he talked about making the All-Star team.
“It definitely means a lot to me, an accomplishment that is humbling to me,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports. “I’m just proud I get to represent not only the Indiana Pacers — but my family — as an All-Star. When I got voted in, I was so honored and excited. I look at this as a stepping stone. I have a lot more goals, a lot more things that I want to accomplish as a team and as an individual.
So far, Oladipo is averaging 24.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Of course, when you become an All-Star once, you want to keep it going. Nobody wants to be looked at as a flash in the pan. Right now, that hardly seems to be Oladipo.
The Pacers (32-25) are tied for fifth in the East. They have been at least as good as they were last season under coach Nate McMillan, and Oladipo’s All-Star year is the biggest reason why.
All he hopes for now, again, is to keep it going.
“That’s my mentality, that I have one [All-Star honor] under my belt, but there’s more I want to accomplish,” he told Yahoo Sports. “I truly believe that and I know I have to keep working so I can achieve more. I grew up idolizing players in the All-Star Game, and now I’m one of them. It will be surreal.”