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Kelly Oubre's next chance to push Otto Porter for starting job

Kelly Oubre's next chance to push Otto Porter for starting job

After a rookie season in which Kelly Oubre proved he was more than capable of being a contributor but didn’t always get the chance, the super-confident forward will get a do-over.

The NBA announced that Las Vegas Summer League, which the Wizards will be one of 24 teams competing at Cox Pavilion and Thomas and Mack Center, is from July 8-18.

Oubre will be the best player on the team again and hopes to convince the Wizards that he’s ready to take on a bigger role under Scott Brooks. Oubre appeared in 63 games, averaging 3.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and shooting 42.7%.

According to majority owner Ted Leonsis, during exit interviews every player on the roster suggested Oubre should’ve played more under Randy Wittman who was fired after a 41-41 season and had a tendency to chew out younger players. 

Throughout training camp last season, Oubre stood out. Even in his first summer league action, though he didn’t shoot well, he was head and shoulders above everyone he played against with his wiry 6-7 frame, 7-2 wingspan and athleticism.

Whether or not Oubre can beat out Otto Porter for the starting job at small forward, pending their offseason activity with 9-10 roster spots opening come July 1, is another matter but it appears to be a possibility.

The Wizards will hold mini-camp during the week leading up to summer league play and after that’s done reconvene for training camp in September. In between, Oubre likely will work out on his own and possibly get to D.C. early to get acclimated with Brooks.

Oubre’s best stretch of basketball came during a two-week run in December when Porter was dealing with injuries, making two three-pointers in six consecutive games. He was 12 of 21 overall from long range, or 57%.

Of all the parts of Oubre’s game that was expected to take time to develop after one year of college, it was his three-point shot but the lefty’s form was smooth from the longer range. He was better at catch-and-shoot than Porter who is clearly more comfortable as a mid-range shooter.

The Wizards traded up from 19th to get Oubre, who was taken 15th by the Atlanta Hawks last year, and shipped their second-round pick this year to make the deal happen.

Oubre is expected to be joined by 2015 second-round pick Aaron White at summer league and free agent center Jaleel Roberts who played for the Wizards last year, too.

The schedule has yet to be determined by the league. Each team, including a D-League select squad, will play at least five games in the tournament-style format.

RELATED: How to sell Randy Wittman for another coaching gig

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.