As the Indiana Pacers prepared to embark on a new era, one holdover from the old boldly predicted that come Feb. 18, 2018, the Pacers and their fans would be watching a pair of familiar faces squaring off against the best the NBA has to offer.

“I think we’re going to have two all-stars this year,” Lance Stephenson said with a smile at media day. “Victor … and I think Myles (Turner).”

While Turner has been excellent of late, he still has some work to do to prove worthy of earning his first NBA All-Star bid.

The same cannot be said of Oladipo.

The Pacers have easily been one of the biggest surprises in the league. Projected by most experts across the NBA landscape to win around 30 games, the Pacers enter Monday night’s contest against New York Knicks 12-11 and on pace to shatter those preseason predictions.

While many Pacers have played important roles in keeping the team in the playoff hunt, there is little question Oladipo has been the face of the Pacers’ surprising start.

And while Oladipo is more concerned about the playoffs than securing the outside validation of an all-star game bid to confirm what he already knows -- that he’s playing the best basketball of his professional career -- the 25-year-old guard would be lying if he said he didn’t want it.

“I’m not going to say it wouldn’t mean a lot to me, but it’s also not something I can control,” Oladipo said after Sunday’s practice at St. Vincent’s Center, two days after a season-best 36-point outburst against Toronto. “It would be a honor to represent the Indiana Pacers as an all-star on all-star weekend, but that’s out of my control.”

While the nomination itself is out of his control, Oladipo is doing all he can to force the issue.