American star of Nigerian descent named Most Improved Player at NBA Awards as Harden takes MVP

In the 2017/2018 season, Oladipo averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and an NBA-best 2.4 steals en route to his first All-Star selection.

Oklahoma City Thunder thought they had a bargain when they traded Oladipo to the Pacers for Paul George but the 26-year-old proved to be a hit for the pacers.

In the 2017/2018 season, he averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and an NBA-best 2.4 steals en route to his first All-Star selection.

On Monday night he beat Houston Rockets center Clint Capela and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie to complete his turn-around.

“I want to thank my God in heaven for giving me the opportunity to play this game,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Oladipo went ahead to send a shout-out to his parents, his siblings and his team.

“Shout out to the Pacers organization for believing in me. It's only the beginning for us,” he added.

Dapper in a flashy suit, Oladipo who is also a singer got the opportunity to thrill the audience during the show on the request of the host of the night Anthony Anderson.

Oladipo is born to a Nigerian nurse Joan Amanze Oladipo and a Sierra Leonean father Christopher Oladipo.

Other awards of the night

In other awards of the night, Houston star James Harden took him the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award beating LeBron James and New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davies.

Most Valuable Player: James Harden!

Sager Strong Award: Dikembe Mutombo

Executive of the Year: Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets

NBA Play of the Year: The Clutch Shot of the Year by LeBron James on Feb. 7 vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves!

NBA Hustle Award: Amir Johnson of the Philadelphia 76ers!

Lifetime Achievement Award: Oscar Robertson

Twyman Stokes Teammate of the Year: Jamal Crawford of the Minnesota Timberwolves!

Community Assist Award: The NBA Cares Community Assist Award goes to ... Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors!

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey!

Sixth Man of the Year:Lou Williams!

Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz

Most Improved Player: Victor Oladipo

Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons!

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