Victor Oladipo Biography, Family, Education, Career and Net Worth
In this piece, platinumpost.ng chronicles the biography, family, education, career and net worth of Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo.
Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers, where in the 2012-2013 season he was named the Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, the Co-NABC Defensive Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American by the USBWA and Sporting News.
That year he was also named the winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy, given annually to the top player in men’s NCAA Division I basketball.
Oladipo was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, on May 4, 1992, and was raised in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
He comes from a Nigerian immigrant family, including his mother (Joan Oladipo), a nurse, his father (Chris Oladipo), and three sisters (Kristine, Kendra, and Victoria Oladipo), one of them is his twin.
His family shifted to the United States in 1985. Victor’s love for basketball was evident from an early age, as he continued to play basketball well beyond his school years.
In December 2017, online gossip and entertainment magazine ‘Bossip’ speculated that Oladipo is dating actress and model Bria Myles but nothing has been confirmed by either party as of yet.
Oladipo enrolled at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He played basketball for the school’s basketball team and averaged 11.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
He led the team to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and various city championships. Oladipo was regarded as the Washington Post 2010 All-Met First Team and the First Team All-WCAC.
After completing high school, Victor attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He joined the college basketball team (the Indiana Hoosiers) and led the team to several championships.
His impressive achievements were celebrated with various awards and honours, including the Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, the National Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.
On April 9, 2013, Oladipo decided to leave Indiana University and enter the 2013 NBA draft. He was drafted as the second overall pick by the Orlando Magic, and later, he signed his rookie-scale contract with the team on July 8.
Oladipo recorded his first career triple-double in a match against the Philadelphia 76ers (On December 3, 2013), scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Oladipo was unable to continue the season 2014 due to a fracture during the practice session on October 14. But fortunately, two days later, he secured his position with the team for the 2015-16 season by extending his rookie contract.
He returned to the court on November 14 after wearing a facial protection mask. Victor participated in the Rising Star Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, finishing second in the dunk contest.
The Orlando Magic decided to keep Victor Oladipo in their team for the 2016-17 season by exercising their fourth-year team option on his rookie scale contract on October 25, 2015.
Oladipo, Ersan IIyasova, and the draft rights of Domantas Sabonis were traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 23, 2016.
Oladipo made his first appearance for the team on October 26 in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes. On October 31, Oladipo signed a four-year contract worth $84 million with the Thunder.
Oladipo played in his first playoff series this season, where he appeared in five matches and averaged 10.8 points per game.
Despite signing Oladipo to an extensive and expensive contract, the Thunder traded him, along with Domantas Sabonis, to Indiana Pacers for Paul George in the next season.
He gave an impressive performance in his debut game for the Pacers on October 18, 2017.
Playing against the Brooklyn Nets, Oladipo scored 22 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists in his team’s 140–131 win.
The 2017–18 season was a very successful season for Oladipo. He played 75 matches, was a starter in all of those and averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.
He led his team to the playoffs where he appeared in seven matches and scored 22.7 points per game.
While the Pacers were not the champions that year, Oladipo’s superlative performance throughout the season garnered him several accolades, including NBA Most Improved Player and NBA steals leader.
He was included in the NBA All-Star Team, All-NBA Third Team, and NBA All-Defensive First Team.
According to the latest reports, Oladipo’s net worth is approximately $47 million. His main source of income is his basketball salary, which accounts for the majority of his net worth.