Tall, athletically built, and an undisputed starter, Victor Oladipo lives the dream of every aspiring tire player inside and outside the Indiana Pacers lineup. The African American, who has been playing for the Pacers since 2017, began his professional career with Orlando Magic and has since achieved a number of personal and team successes. These include being named the best player in the NBA and promotion to the NBA All-Star Team, both in 2018.
Victor Oladipo’s Bio, Age
The basketball player with the full name Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo was born on May 4, 1992, and grew up in Maryland, United States. His mother is Joan Amanze Oladipo, and his father’s name is Christopher Oladipo. His mother is a Nigerian immigrant to the United States, and his father, a Sierra Leonean, is a public health executive and behavioral researcher in the United States.
Victor, who has a twin sister, Victoria, and two older siblings, Kristine and Kendra, started playing basketball at DeMatha High School in his hometown of Maryland. He was an outstanding player and led the school’s team to WCAC and City Championship titles in his senior year.
Victor’s playing career and education led him to Indiana University, where he studied sports communications broadcasting.
After only five starts in his first season, he was named the best player on the team for his performance in his second year, scoring 10 or more points in each of the 21 games he played. He also helped the team advance to the last sixteen of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to eventual national champions Kentucky.
His burgeoning defensive and leadership skills helped the Hoosiers win the Big Ten Championship in his youth season. He finished the season with the fourth-best field goal percentage nationwide and the third-best percentage of real shots. He also became the second-best player of all time in Indiana in terms of the number of steals per season, having scored 69 steals in the 1980/1981 season, five behind Isiah Thomas’ 74.
Victor Oladipo ended his junior season with several recognitions. These included the Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, the award for Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and the award for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the first All-American Team and the first Big Ten Team on the first team.
Victor skipped his college season and was placed second overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by Orlando Magic. After recording the first triple-double of his career against the Philadelphia 76ers in December 2013, he participated in the Taco Bell Rising Stars Challenge and the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge in February 2014.
That same month, he won 14 assists against the New York Knicks in a single game and finished second in the Rookie Player of the Year competition.
Although he suffered a facial fracture in training before the 2014/2015 season, the team released the option for the third year of his contract. A little less than a month later, he returned with a protective mask in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He again competed in the Rising Stars Challenge and finished second in the Slam Dunk Contest for Zach LaVine.
Orlando exercised his option for the third year before his third season with the franchise on October 25, 2015. After a relatively poor start to the season, he was relegated to the reserve bench, which seemed to improve his start to the season a bit. However, after 8 games off the bench, he was forced to take a shot in six consecutive games in December. On January 4, Victor Oladipo returned to his starting role against the Detroit Pistons.
Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was to make a historic career – 45 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. This made him the first player to score 40 or more points for Orlando since 2013, and only the ninth in the team’s history. However, he would miss the last three games of the season after suffering a concussion.
Victor was transferred to Oklahoma City Thunder on June 23, 2016. After his 10-point debut on October 26, he put a hefty four-year contract extension worth $84 million on paper. His good season contributions were interwoven with periods on the sidelines due to an injury to his right wrist and later back spasms.
It was sold to Indiana Pacers on July 6, 2017. He became the team’s undisputed scorer and was awarded the Eastern Conference Player of the Week in the last week of October 2017, a feat he was to repeat in December of the same year, after scoring the highest point of his career in the 126-116 win over the Denver Nuggets with 47 points. He was then nominated as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
At the end of the season, Victor Oladipo was named “NBA Most Improved Player of the Season”. This made him only the fifth player in the history of the Indiana Pacers to win the title. Oladipo’s statistical average at the end of the campaign was 23.1 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.
By the end of the 2017/2018 season, Oladipo had played 366 regular-season games in his professional career, including 306 starting games. In these matches, he averaged 17.4 points per game, 1.7 steals, 3.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and an impressive percentage of 0.445 field goals.
Victor Oladipo’s Salary and Net Worth
Since his contract with Oklahoma City Thunder was renewed for a four-year term of $84 million, Victor Oladipo has received a base salary of $21.25 million. When he joined the Indiana Pacers, this figure was $21 million, together with a value of $63 million.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, basketball has a net value of $10 million. However, other sources claim that its value is closer to $22 million. Be that as it may, its value can only increase over the course of its career.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The Maryland player may not be nearly the biggest player in the NBA, but he stands at a height that is intimidating to the average American and has the build to match. Victor stands at a height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and has an athletically capable weight of 210 lb (95 kg). There is no other verifiable information about his body measurements.