KEHINDE BABATUNDE VICTOR OLADIPO (born May 4, 1992) 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 National Co-Defensive Player of
the Year , and a first-team All-American by the USBWA and Sporting
News . That same 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 . Oladipo was drafted with the second overall pick in the
NBA draft by the
Orlando Magic and went on to be named to the NBA
All-Rookie first team .
* 1 Early life
* 2 College career
* 2.1 Freshman season
* 2.2 Sophomore season
* 2.3 Junior season
* 2.4 College statistics
* 3 Professional career
Orlando Magic (2013–2016)
* 3.1.1 2013–14 season
* 3.1.2 2014–15 season
* 3.1.3 2015–16 season
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder (2016–2017)
Indiana Pacers (2017–present)
* 4 NBA career statistics
* 4.1 Regular season
* 4.2 Playoffs
* 5 Player profile
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Oladipo was born in
Silver Spring, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland and raised in Upper
Marlboro, Maryland . His mother, Joan Amanze Oladipo, is a nurse and
Nigerian immigrant, while his father, Christopher Oladipo, a native of
Sierra Leone , is 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. He is their only son; he has sisters Kristine
(1986), Kendra (1990), and twin sister Victoria. His sister, Kendra,
became deaf in second grade.
Oladipo played high school basketball at
DeMatha High School in
Hyattsville, Maryland . 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
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.
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE
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 : Rivals : 247Sports : N/A
ESPN grade: 20
OVERALL RECRUITING RANKINGS: Scout : 6 (school) Rivals : 41 (SG);
* Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and
conflict in their listings of height and weight.
* In these cases, the average was taken.
ESPN grades are on a
* "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
Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August
* "2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
Oladipo chose to play basketball at Indiana University and major in
sports communication broadcast, turning down offers from Notre Dame ,
Maryland , Xavier and others. Upon his commitment to Indiana he said,
"It's like a basketball atmosphere everywhere you go.... a basketball
town. That's perfect."
As a freshman 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.
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.
Oladipo defends against
Tim Hardaway, Jr. on January 5, 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.
Oladipo scored 10 or more points in 21 games, 11 more games than the
previous year. He also increased his free throw percentage from 61 to
75, shooting four times per game. The Hoosiers' record in 2011–12
improved by fifteen games over the prior season. 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
Despite an Indiana roster deep with talent, including Preseason
Player of the Year
Cody Zeller , Oladipo emerged as one of the
nation's biggest stars. Midway through the season,
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." 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. He
ranked third in the nation in true shooting percentage (68.4), which
measures shooting efficiency that takes into account field goals,
three-point field goals and free throws. He also averaged 1.39 points
per play and shot 73.9% on offensive rebound put-backs, both of which
ranked among the top five in the country.
On defense Oladipo was arguably even more dominating. In a game that
season against No. 1 ranked Michigan, he guarded four different
players in 45 possessions, but only gave up four points. 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.
Each game he drew the opponent's top perimeter player, and his five
percent steal rate (2.2 per game) ranked 15th in the country. His 69
steals during the season is second all-time at Indiana to Isiah Thomas
who had 74 during the 1980–81 national championship season.
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 in 28.4 minutes
per game, while shooting .599 (182-304) from the field and .441
(30-68) from three-point range. At the conclusion of his junior year,
Oladipo racked up numerous awards. He was named the Sporting News
Basketball Player of the Year , the National
Co-Defensive Player of the Year , and a first-team All-American by the
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.
ORLANDO MAGIC (2013–2016)
On April 9, 2013, at a press conference with Tom Crean, Oladipo
announced his decision to forgo his senior season at Indiana and enter
NBA draft . He was projected as a lottery pick by
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.
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 ).
Oladipo with the Magic in 2013
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. 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
Baron Davis had done so on November 23, 2007.
During the month of February, Oladipo had ended up participating in
under both the BBVA
Rising Stars Challenge
Rising Stars Challenge and the Taco Bell Skills
Challenge . For the Rising Stars Challenge, he was selected as a late
Chris Webber 's team, which was composed mostly of rookie
players mixed in with two sophomore players, while the latter
competition had him pairing up with rookie rival Michael
Carter-Williams as one of four teams competing for the prize. The team
both Oladipo and Carter-Williams were on was also the only team
competing with two rookies in place.
On February 21, 2014, Oladipo recorded a career high 14 assists,
along with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steal, in a 129-121 double
overtime victory over the New York Knicks. He went on to finish
second in Rookie of the Year voting behind
Michael Carter-Williams .
Oladipo in November 2014
On October 24, 2014, Oladipo was ruled out indefinitely after
suffering a facial fracture in practice the previous day. 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. 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. 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.
During the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend , Oladipo competed in the Rising
Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest, 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.
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. 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.
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. He
subsequently scored a then season-high 24 points. 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. Oladipo fell into a shooting slump
in late December, going 14-of-53 (26.4 percent) in six games between
In the Magic's first game of 2016 on January 1, he had his best
performance since December 5, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-of-18
shooting and adding 5 assists in a loss to the Washington Wizards. 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. He
started for the third straight game on January 8 and scored 20 points
on a career-high six three-pointers, helping the Magic defeat the
Brooklyn Nets 83–77. On January 14, he scored 27 points in a loss
to the Toronto Raptors in London. After spraining his knee in that
game, Oladipo sat out the team's next two games. In his return game
on January 22, he scored 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting, starting
alongside Elfrid Payton , in a 120–116 overtime loss to the
Charlotte Hornets . On February 3, he scored 37 points against the
Oklahoma City Thunder, one point shy of his career high. On February
19, he recorded 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a 110–104
overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks. 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. To
conclude the season, Oladipo missed the final three games with a
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (2016–2017)
On June 23, 2016, Oladipo was traded, along with
Ersan İlyasova and
the draft rights to
Domantas Sabonis , to the
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder in
Serge Ibaka . 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 . On October
31, he signed a four-year, $84 million contract extension with the
Thunder. On November 16, he recorded season highs of 29 points and
10 rebounds in a 105–103 win over the
Houston Rockets . A right
wrist injury in mid-December forced Oladipo to miss nine straight
games. He returned to action on December 31 and scored 15 points
Los Angeles Clippers . On February 5, 2017, he recorded
24 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked
shots in a 105–99 win over the
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers . 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.
INDIANA PACERS (2017–PRESENT)
On July 6, 2017, Oladipo was traded, along with
Domantas Sabonis , to
Indiana Pacers in exchange for
Paul George . In his debut for the
Pacers in their season opener on October 18, 2017, Oladipo had 22
points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists in a 140–131 win
Brooklyn Nets . Seven days later, he scored a game-high 35
points on 11 for 18 shooting in a 114–96 loss to the his former
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder . On October 29, he knocked down a
step-back 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to complete a late rally and
give Indiana a rare 97–94 victory over the
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs .
Oladipo finished with 23 points and five assists and led the Pacers in
scoring for the sixth time in six games. He was subsequently named
Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played October
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Oladipo is a shooting guard who is also capable of playing point
guard . 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."
On offense, Oladipo is capable of aggressively and quickly driving to
the basket, aided by unparalleled athletic 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." His offensive proficiency improved as his outside
shooting range improved each year of his collegiate career.
On defense, Oladipo is a "lockdown off-ball defender who can defend
multiple positions". He has the quickness to guard point guards and
the strength and athleticism to fight around a forward and get to a
front if caught in a mismatch. His athleticism and anticipation makes
it hard to set a screen on him. He also does a great job of rebounding
at his position.
Victor Oladipo NBA & ABA Stats
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