Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo remains on track to make his return to the NBA Wednesday night vs. Chicago after missing the past year with a torn quad tendon. However, the team will be cautious with the 27-year-old upon his return.

According to Nat Newell and J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star, Oladipo will face a minutes restriction in his season debut and for at least the first few weeks after that. The team intends to re-evaluate that restriction at the All-Star break, at which time it could be adjusted or lifted entirely.

The Pacers haven’t indicated exactly how many minutes Oladipo will receive per game. The team was also noncommittal about his potential role, though Scott Agness of The Athletic suggests there’s a good chance he’ll come off the bench for now.

Before going down with his quad injury last January, the veteran guard was named an All-Star in each of his first two seasons in Indiana. He has averaged 21.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.6 APG and 2.1 SPG on .461/.362/.780 shooting in 111 games since joining the Pacers in a blockbuster 2017 trade.

The Pacers have played very well in Oladipo’s absence, with Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis stepping up as the team’s leaders and making strong cases for All-Star consideration. At 30-17, Indiana currently ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference. With Oladipo back, the club will be pushing in the second half to secure a top-four seed and first-round home court advantage.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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2019 / MEM
Ja Morant
2018 / SAC
Marvin Bagley III
2017 / LAL
Lonzo Ball
2016 / LAL
Brandon Ingram
2015 / LAL
D'Angelo Russell
2014 / MIL
Jabari Parker
2013 / ORL
Victor Oladipo
2012 / CHA
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2011 / MIN
Derrick Williams
2010 / PHI
Evan Turner
2009 / MEM
Hasheem Thabeet
2008 / MIA
Michael Beasley
2007 / SEA
Kevin Durant
2006 / CHI*
LaMarcus Aldridge
2005 / ATL
Marvin Williams
2004 / CHA
Emeka Okafor
2003 / DET
Darko Milicic
2002 / CHI
Jay Williams
2001 / LAC*
Tyson Chandler
2000 / VAN
Stromile Swift
1999 / VAN
Steve Francis
1998 / VAN
Mike Bibby
1997 / PHI*
Keith Van Horn
1996 / TOR
Marcus Camby
1995 / LAC*
Antonio McDyess
1994 / DAL
Jason Kidd
1993 / PHI
Shawn Bradley
1992 / CHA
Alonzo Mourning
1991 / NJ
Kenny Anderson
1990 / SEA
Gary Payton
1989 / LAC
Danny Ferry
1988 / IND
Rik Smits
1987 / PHX
Armon Gilliam
1986 / BOS
Len Bias
1985 / IND
Wayman Tisdale

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