The Indiana Pacers had a very good offseason this year, landing big players who will improve their level, but everybody seems to be dismissing them.
Well, that seems like a very good opportunity for their star, Victor Oladipo to have a good performance next year in a league up for grabs, especially in the East.
After Indiana made multiples moves this summer, Oladipo believes they have the chance to transcend next season and ‘definitely’ make the playoffs. Last season they finished with a 48-34 record and were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
They lost big players this summer, including the likes of Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, and Cory Joseph. However, they did find some good replacements for those assets in Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday and JaKarr Sampson.
"I feel like we got some great additions," Oladipo said this weekend, via The Indianapolis Star. "We got a chance to be really special. I feel like the league is wide open."
Moreover, the biggest addition to the team this offseason was Malcolm Brogdon, who landed from the Milwaukee Bucks that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last campaign. Brogdon averaged 15.6 points and shot 42.6% from 3-point range last season, which made him sign a four-year, $85 million deal with Indiana.
As expected, Oladipo didn't miss the chance to show his excitement to play alongside Brogdon.
"I know what type of player he is, the level that he plays on and has been playing on the last couple of years from Milwaukee," he said. "To have him as an addition is pretty big for us."
The 27-year-old guard ruptured his quad in late January and missed the rest of the season. Now he's expected to be sidelined to start 2019/20, but as soon as he gets to step on the court, things are going to be even better for the Pacers.