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Victor Oladipo
Victor Oladipo
Position: G
Born: 05/04/92
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $21,000,000
For Oladipo, the slight regarding that trade has had little influence on what he has accomplished in his first few weeks with the Pacers — a team that wanted him, valued him more than most, and needs him to produce at a higher level than his previous employers, Oklahoma City and Orlando. He’s averaging a career-high 23.2 points — despite playing the fewest minutes since his rookie season — and shooting career highs from the field (47.4 percent) and 3-point range (44.3). “That really was not going to change how hard I worked, or how I approached the season,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports about the trade. “I was locked in before the trade, after the trade, and even now. You could say I’m using it as motivation, but I’m already motivated. I got a lot of goals for myself, for this team. There’s a lot I still want to accomplish in this league.”
Oladipo struggled with his confidence in Orlando because he often had to look over his shoulder. The Magic had no established talent hierarchy, which made it difficult for Oladipo to assert himself without it coming across as a challenge to his teammates. There were no such problems in Oklahoma City, where the floor tilted to wherever Westbrook stepped. Oladipo observed how Westbrook moved without fear and made no apologies for how he approached the game. Paired with a player to whom he had been lightly compared was eye-opening when Oladipo recognized how wide the gap was between them. So, no, Oladipo wasn’t very good and didn’t produce as he would’ve liked alongside Westbrook, but the experience was hardly a waste. “It was a different position. Obviously, a different role that I was placed in,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports. “I learned a lot. Made me a better player, going there and experiencing what I experienced. Watching Russ and learning from him on and off the court, that was huge for me as well. Everything about Oklahoma I’m very appreciative of. Going there, it benefited me, and it’s helping my game now.”
That Oladipo is looser and more carefree is also probably not a coincidence coming off a summer in which he also decided to expose himself artistically with the release of a vanity project, an R&B record called, “Songs for You.” Oladipo grew up singing in the children’s choir at his church and offered glimpses of his talents in college. But he waited until he had the resources and the means to produce an album that featured guest appearances by 2 Chainz and Eric Bellinger. “Just letting it all hang out,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports. “Doing the music, I just kind of said, ‘It’s whatever.’ I just did it. And put it out, not really worried about what would come from it, what people thought about it, or what result came from it. I just put it out, worked hard on it. And whatever happens, happens. In the game of basketball, you kind of have to go out there and just play. Not worry about anything else and just play. Play the game within the game, play through your mistakes and keep going after it until you get it right. That’s my mentality. And it translates to both.”
Said Pacers coach Nate McMillan: “No, I think this can be Victor. He has the potential I think to be one of the top players (in the league).” And Sabonis: “This is Vic. I knew that when I got traded with him. He just needed a team where he’s feeling comfortable in his role.” Now, to Oladipo. Let’s ask him if we’re seeing the real Victor Oladipo, or if he’s going to come back to – “That’s a dumb question,” interjects Myles Turner, a player I really liked until this moment. “This is who he is. I’ll answer it for him.”