NBA Awards: Nigerian-born Victor Oladipo becomes fifth Pacer to win Most Improved Player award

NBA Awards: Nigerian-born Victor Oladipo becomes fifth Pacer to win Most Improved Player awardvia Getty Images

It was perhaps the least surprising award announcement because of all the surprises Victor Oladipo provided the Indiana Pacers and their fans last season.

 


The Pacers guard was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Monday night. Oladipo is the fifth Pacer to win the award, which began in 1985-86, tying the Orlando Magic for the most.

 

Jalen Rose (2000), Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger and Paul George were the previous Pacers to win the award.

 

“Shout out to the Pacers organization for believing in me, all the Indiana Pacers,” Oladipo said. “It’s only the beginning for us. We’re just getting started.”

 

Indianapolis’ Oscar Robertson was given the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Former Butler coach and Zionsville native Brad Stevens and Dwane Casey, who spent part of his childhood in Indianapolis, were two of the three finalists for Coach of the Year. Casey won the award.

 

Oladipo beat out Houston’s Clint Capela and Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie for the award.

 

SourceIndyStar

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