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Pacers news: Victor Oladipo to use ESPN ranking as motivation

Victor Oladipo

ESPN released its annual player rankings on Tuesday morning heading into the next season, which has drawn much reaction around the league.

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who was ranked 78th overall, stated during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that he will use it as a motivation this upcoming season.

“I love it. I love it. There is nothing better than proving people wrong. You guys are just adding fuel to the fire. I am looking forward to the opportunity.”

This is a significant drop for the 25-year-old as he ranked 48th heading into the 2016-17 season. Despite that, Victor Oladipo has developed into a dependable player that can impact the game on both ends of the floor through his first four years in the league.

He is coming off a productive lone year with the Oklahoma City Thunder, averaging 15.9 points per game on a career-high 44.2 percent shooting from the field, along with 2.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. This includes scoring in double figures 55 times while topping 20 or more points on 18 occasions.

Oladipo has a prime opportunity to have a breakout year with the potential to become the top scoring option for the Pacers after Paul George was dealt away to the Thunder this offseason.