Victor Oladipo is having the year of his life.
After spending the offseason getting in ridiculous shape, the 25-year-old Indiana Pacers shooting guard is averaging career-highs in points per game (24.4), rebounds per game (5.3) and steals per game (2.1) while also matching his previous career-high in assists per game (4.1). That elite production helped him earn his first NBA All-Star selection, as Oladipo helped Team LeBron emerge victorious in the 2018 NBA All-Star game.
Oladipo also participated in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest, where he was not able to advance to the finals. That might’ve changed, however, had he pulled out this jaw-dropping slam he nailed during training:
One of the biggest complaints against the dunk contest has been a lack of originality, and I have to say I’ve never seen a dunk quite like this. Oladipo busts out a 360 while also switching hands via a backboard tap. It’s a stunning display of athleticism and explosiveness. Considering Larry Nance Jr.’s backboard tap dunk was the highlight of the contest and that didn’t include a 360, it’s safe to say the jam likely would’ve earned Oladipo a perfect score.
There’s always next year.