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Victor Oladipo selected to NBA All-Defensive First Team

Victor Oladipo continues to gather accolades for his monster season, but this defensive award reflects well on the whole team.

Indiana Pacers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Victor Oladipo continues to be recognized for his breakout season with the Pacers, this time on the defensive side of the ball, with his selection to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Oladipo lead the NBA in steals with 2.36 thefts per game, using his quicks in a general free safety fashion to wreak havoc off the ball on the defense. That often turned into Victor and fam using their speed to go the other way to cash in transition opportunities. The Pacers were fifth in transition points per possession in the regular season and even better in their playoff battle against the Cavs.

Oh, and Vic stunned a few opponents by suddenly showing up with a little helpside support to block a shot. Just ask Dwight Howard.

Oladipo earned 58 first-team votes (worth 2 points) and 20 second-team votes (worth 1 point) to finish with 138 overall points in the All-Defensive team voting. That point total was the most among backcourt players and third overall behind Rudy Gobert (192 points) and Anthony Davis (163 points).

No doubt, Oladipo will be proud of this honor which he should be considering how much of the offensive burden he shouldered for the Pacers this year. It is also a source of pride for the whole team which found its defensive footing in the latter half of the season and prides itself on developing two-way players that strive to impact the game on both ends of the floor.

Here are the full results from the All-Defensive Team voting.