The NBA announced Monday that Victor Oladipo has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from December 4 through December 10. This already marks the second time that Oladipo has been distinguished as the East's standout player since joining the Pacers, which currently places him in a tie with Houston’s James Harden for the most weekly honors this season.
Oladipo spearheaded a 4-0 week for Indiana, averaging 30.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from three.
The athletic guard scored 33 points, including yet another clutch three, on the way to snapping Cleveland’s 13-game win streak on Friday. Two nights later, the Pacers stormed back from a 19-point deficit against the Denver Nuggets largely thanks to his new career-high 47 points on 28 shots, 14 of which he scored in the game’s final eight minutes.
Obviously, he’s been the closer the Pacers need, but some of the minutiae leading up to his bevy of big, late-game shots has been equally impressive from a growth standpoint.
For example, before he sent Kevin Love flying and proceeded to drain this huge step-back three, he recognized that Myles Turner was being guarded by LeBron James and avoided the unfavorable switch by calling for Thaddeus Young to set the ball screen instead.
Here, with the Pacers clinging to a razor thin two-point lead in overtime, take special notice that Gary Harris opted to go under the screen in a fruitless effort to keep the late-blooming guard out of the paint. Nonetheless, Oladipo and his chiseled frame still managed to beat him to the rim anyway.
On the season, the 25-year-old is shooting a career-best 45.5 percent on pull-up threes while averaging 4.8 fast break points per game, which is tied with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo for the best mark in the league.
With the way he keeps outdoing himself, it’s becoming increasingly more certain that these weekly distinctions will be precursors to his first All-Star selection.