Well, there was some question about the reporting on Victor Oladipo being named a participant in the Dunk Contest, but the rumors first reported turned out to be true with the Pacers making an official announcement Thursday night.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 2, 2018
Last week, Oladipo was named an All-Star reserve by the coaches in this year’s contest and was drafted by Team LeBron. The honor marked the first of his five-year career and rightfully so.
2017 has been quite a productive year for potential Most Improved Player of the Year, Oladipo who has averaged 23.9 points, 4.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game in 47 starts this season. He has been the workhorse for Indiana, helping the Pacers to a 29-23 record, including a 29-18 record with Oladipo out on the court. He has missed five games this season, but his production has still been incredible when compared to other guards in the league.
Oladipo will be looking to keep the Dunk Contest within the Pacers organization because Glenn Robinson III won the contest in last year’s All-Star break. He was unable to defend his title this season because of a left ankle surgery but it won’t stop the Pacers from a chance of winning the contest again. Oladipo will be competing with the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr.
Victor Oladipo is no stranger to the Dunk Contest, just falling short of a victory back in 2015 where he finished in second place as a member of the Orlando Magic. He was the runner-up to then-Minnesota Timberwolves star Zach LaVine.