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Victor Oladipo Jumps to 20th in SI's Player Countdown

by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

It's player ranking season.

With the season just over a month out, publications have started to release their now-annual list of the top 100 players in the NBA. Sports Illustrated has started early and just released players 30-11 on its list.

In that grouping, Victor Oladipo landed at 20th, thanks to his first All-Star season and emergence as a go-to player capable of impacting the game on offense and defense.

On Monday, when 100-51 was revealed, Pacers players Domantas Sabonis (79), Thaddeus Young (76), and Myles Turner (67) all made the list.

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Oladipo, who landed at 77th on SI's list last season, moved way up on the rankings after his explosive 2017-18 campaign with the Pacers in which he earned: "enough hardware to start a personal shrine after earning Most Improved Player, All-Star, All-NBA Third Team and All-Defensive First Team honors in one of the great mid-career breakouts in recent memory," wrote Ben Golliver.

Golliver also noted just how crucial Oladipo was to the Pacers' success last year, as the Blue & Gold went 0-7 in games which Oladipo didn't play. He credited Oladipo for transforming into a true offensive creator and late-game option for the Pacers.

"Oladipo also settled in as a late-game option," Golliver writes. "Ranking fourth in clutch scoring and leading the pesky, overachieving Pacers to a 24-17 record in games that were within five points in the last five minutes."

Being ranked at 20 puts Oladipo ahead of All-Stars like LaMarcus Aldridge (21), Klay Thompson (22), John Wall (24), and Bradley Beal (27).

Just in front of Oladipo on SI's list are Karl-Anthony Towns (19), Nikola Jokic (18), and Kyrie Irving (17).