Pacers’ Victor Oladipo says he will play this season, thinks he’s at 75-80 percent right now
Oladipo continues to recover from a ruptured quad tendon in his knee which he suffered last season against the Toronto Raptors:
“I plan on coming back this year at some point,” Oladipo said on FS1’s Undisputed. “We’ll see…I’m not sure, probably around there (75-80 percent), maybe a little more, we’ll see. I think the biggest thing is just with this injury, because it’s so unique, you gotta listen to your body more than you listen to your mind.”
Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Pacers last season before he got hurt. The All-Star shot 42.3 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pacers and Oladipo will continue to be cautious moving forward since Oladipo is the franchise player in Indiana.
The Pacers are 16-9 on the season. They have the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Newcomer Malcolm Brogdon has been playing very well for Indiana in Oladipo’s absence. He’s putting up 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 21 games and shooting 47.7 percent overall, 35.6 percent from the 3-point line and 94.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Whenever Oladipo comes back, the Pacers will be even more lethal on both sides of the ball.