It has been quite an incredible season for Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo. He has produced averages of 24.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks and currently is fourth in the Eastern Conference in All-Star voting for guards.
Kelly Scaletta of FanRag Sports has taken notice of his production and awarded him as the winner of his Most Improved Player for his mid-season NBA awards.
He noted the significant increase in Oladipo’s averages as one of the key reasons regarding why he deserves this award.
“Victor Oladipo as a leading man is making a strong case for Most Improved Player. His scoring is up from 15.9 points per game to 24.5 in spite of his playing time increasing by less than one minute. He’s also averaging a career-high in rebounds (5.2), steals (1.9) and blocks (1.0) and tying his career-high in assists (4.1).”
It’s not just his volume output that has been impressive this season. Scaletta pointed to the tremendous improvements that he has made in his efficiency as a player too.
“Player Efficiency Rating might not be the best stat for comparing players, but since its flaws are consistent, it’s a good metric for measuring improvement, and Oladipo’s has leaped from 13.6 to 24.5, an impressive gain. His true shooting percentage is up from 53.4 to 60.5, an astronomical vault.”
I recommend checking out the rest of Scaletta’s mid-season awards. In addition to his pick for the Most Improved Player of the Year, he provided his current picks for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.