If you told an Oklahoma City Thunder fan this past June that Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo would become the 2018 Kia Most Improved Player of the Year, they would’ve laughed in your face. Heck, if you told an Orlando Magic fan you thought he’d be on the 2018 Eastern Conference All-Star roster when they traded him to the Thunder in Jun. 2016, they would’ve given you a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-esque eyebrow raise before yelling at you “it doesn’t matter what you think!”. Lastly, if you told a Pacers fan Oladipo would become the best player on the team and lead them to a playoff berth, they would’ve burst out with exhilaration before nudging you away for toying with their emotions. The skepticism would’ve been warranted. Through his first four seasons in the NBA, Oladipo didn’t consistently produce at a level higher than a slightly above average. The 2013 NBA Draft no. 2 pick who was heavily compared to three-time NBA champion and former scoring champion Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade wasn’t living

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