When Victor Oladipo woke up from an evening nap on Jan. 23, his childhood dream finally became a reality. Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard called Oladipo with the news that he had been selected to the All-Star team for the first time in his five-year NBA career. Oladipo couldn't wait to tell his mother. But Joan Oladipo, whom he describes as his biggest supporter, had something more important going on at that moment. She was in church. "She told me she'd call me back," Oladipo said. "I kept trying to tell her and she finally whispered in one of those mom tones, 'I'll call you back when I get out of church.'" His moment with his mom would have to wait. But, make no mistake, Oladipo's short time with the Pacers has been a revelation. The fifth-year guard has been a star on both ends -- ranking 11th in the league in scoring (24.4 PPG) and third in steals (2.1 SPG) -- while leading Indiana to a surprising sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. In his mind, he's just getting started, too. "Making my first All-Star team is something I'll never forget," Oladipo said. "It's also one of those days where you reflect and then you realize you want more."
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