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LOS ANGELES-Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo was named the Most Improved Player by the NBA Monday night. Voting was done by a global panel of media who cover the NBA on a regular basis. The award was announced at the NBA Awards Show in Los Angeles. 

In the 2017-2018 season, Oladipo set career highs in nearly every statistical category and improved his scoring total by 63 percent from the 2016-17 season.  

He averaged 23.1 points per game (ninth in the NBA), 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and led the NBA in steals at 2.4 per game. 

“I first would like to thank the voters,” said Oladipo. “They follow the NBA closely, they have difficult choices to make and I appreciate that they recognized me for this. I want to thank the Indiana Pacers’ organization for believing in me and what we could accomplish this past season. My teammates, coaches, training staff, I can’t thank enough for making me a better player from the first day I arrived. We had a special group that I was proud to be a part of every day.

“I share this with the Pacers, the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. The support I received from everyone last season meant so much to myself and my family. An individual may win an award, but it is shared with many because they all had a part. This is only the beginning for us. The best is yet to come.”