Pacers guard Victor Oladipo was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Monday night. Oladipo is the fifth Pacer to win the award, which began in 1985-86, tying the Orlando Magic for the most. Jalen Rose (2000), Jermaine O’Neal, Danny Granger and Paul George were the previous Pacers to win the award.
“Shout out to the Pacers organization for believing in me, all the Indiana Pacers,” Oladipo said. “It’s only the beginning for us. We’re just getting started.”
Indianapolis’ Oscar Robertson was given the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Former Butler coach and Zionsville native Brad Stevens and Dwane Casey, who spent part of his childhood in Indianapolis, were two of the three finalists for Coach of the Year.
Oladipo beat out Houston’s Clint Capela and Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie for the award.