Victor Oladipo’s crossover sends Raptors defender back to Canada
In a video posted by the House of Highlights, Oladipo is seen bringing up the ball then stopping on a dime using a crossover move, then nailing a three. His defender? Nowhere out of sight.
Oladipo, drafted second overall by the Orlando Magic in 2013, has finally lifted off into a bona fide star as he’s expected to be. His first few seasons in the league were good, but not impressive enough for a player his caliber.
From the looks of it, it seems that might have learned a thing or two after sharing a season with Russell Westbrook back in Oklahoma City. After playing with Westbrook for a season, Oladipo was sent to the Pacers together with Domantas Sabonis in exchange for Paul George.
With the Pacers, Victor Oladipo became a star overnight. He logged in a career-high 47 points, was named an All-Star, and more importantly, brought life to the Pacers franchise.
He has posted career-high averages with the Pacers so far: 23.6 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.2 steals. If he keeps this level of play, he might eventually take home the Most Improved Player award.
When he entered the NBA, he was often compared to Dwyane Wade: a shooting guard with a reliable perimeter game and slashing abilities. Now in his 5th season, he has developed into his own player. It may have taken several years to do so, but safe to say that Oladipo is one of the brightest stars of today.