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Last July, when Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were traded to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George, everyone thought that the Pacers had made a huge mistake and got the worst part of the deal.  But, all the critics hadn’t counted on one thing: Oladipo himself. He had already started an insane workout as soon as the season was over, even before he was trade to the Pacers. That summer, he underwent a huge transformation, as his body got leaner, he started a new diet, he was more in shape and he became more explosive on the court. At the beginning of 2017-2018, a whole new Oladipo joined the Pacers.

The trade turned out to be a great step for the guard, as 2017-2018 would be his breakout season. His point average went up to 23.1 points per game, he got his first All-Star selection and he lead the NBA in steals. Furthermore, Oladipo seemed to have found a home with the Pacers, as they needed a player to take the lead, and Oladipo turned out to do exactly that.

His successful breakout season even carried over into the playoffs, where the Pacers had to get up against LeBron’s Cavaliers. Though the Cavaliers can no longer be called a dominating force in the league, no one really expected the Pacers to have a fighting chance in the series. But, then the series began, and Oladipo led his team to a 1-0 lead, and later tied the series 3-3. Yesterday, the Pacers lost game 7, 101-105 to the Cavs, but they managed what nobody had done in a while: taking LeBron to a game seven in the first round of the playoffs.

And what is Oladipo going to do now that the Pacers have been eliminated from the playoffs? Go on a holiday? Definitely not! Sixteen minutes after the end of the game, Oladipo texted his trainer to make an appointment to start working out again. What a work ethic.

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Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski – USA TODAY Sports

Last July, when Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were traded to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George, everyone thought that the Pacers had made a huge mistake and got the worst part of the deal.  But, all the critics hadn’t counted on one thing: Oladipo himself. He had already started an insane workout as soon as the season was over, even before he was trade to the Pacers. That summer, he underwent a huge transformation, as his body got leaner, he started a new diet, he was more in shape and he became more explosive on the court. At the beginning of 2017-2018, a whole new Oladipo joined the Pacers.

The trade turned out to be a great step for the guard, as 2017-2018 would be his breakout season. His point average went up to 23.1 points per game, he got his first All-Star selection and he lead the NBA in steals. Furthermore, Oladipo seemed to have found a home with the Pacers, as they needed a player to take the lead, and Oladipo turned out to do exactly that.

His successful breakout season even carried over into the playoffs, where the Pacers had to get up against LeBron’s Cavaliers. Though the Cavaliers can no longer be called a dominating force in the league, no one really expected the Pacers to have a fighting chance in the series. But, then the series began, and Oladipo led his team to a 1-0 lead, and later tied the series 3-3. Yesterday, the Pacers lost game 7, 101-105 to the Cavs, but they managed what nobody had done in a while: taking LeBron to a game seven in the first round of the playoffs.

And what is Oladipo going to do now that the Pacers have been eliminated from the playoffs? Go on a holiday? Definitely not! Sixteen minutes after the end of the game, Oladipo texted his trainer to make an appointment to start working out again. What a work ethic.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiKuM7ZBTr1/?utm_source=ig_embed

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