Pacers have a ‘chance to be really special’ next season, Victor Oladipo says

Victor Oladipo is confident in the Pacers.

Indiana made multiple moves this summer and Oladipo said he believes the team will “definitely” make the playoffs next season.

“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.”

The Pacers finished 2018-19 with a 48-34 record and were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. They lost some key pieces from that team — including Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collision and Cory Joseph. But, they replaced them with the likes of Jeremy Lamb, T.J. Warren, T.J. McConnell, Justin Holiday and JaKarr Sampson.

And, that’s not all.

The Pacers biggest acquisition was Malcolm Brogdon, who they landed in a sign-and-trade with the Bucks. Brogdon, who averaged 15.6 points and shot 42.6% from 3-point range last season, then inked a four-year, $85 million deal with Indiana.

“We added a lot of fire power offensively, but we always wanted a team on a good timeline,” Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard told reporters in early July. “We feel we have a young team, a very vibrant up-and-coming team that’s willing to get better. We like guys who love the game. You can always tell when guys love the game, they have these incremental improvements every year.”

Oladipo said he was excited to play with 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,” Oladipo said. “To have him as an addition is pretty big for us.”

Oladipo ruptured his quad in late January and missed the rest of the season. He’s expected to be sidelined to start 2019-20.