Kelly Oubre won't admit that the deeper three-point shot in the NBA is a major adjustment for him, but the numbers after Las Vegas Summer League don't lie. It took him five games for him to adjust to it and when he plays against bigger, longer and more athletic players in the actual league that'll be an adjustment, too.
The Wizards' other rookie, Aaron White, had similar problems. Both are expected to develop three-point range. White signed with a team in Germany this week where he should get plenty of work as a stretch power forward. Oubre will be have plenty of veterans ahead of him on the roster for the 2015-16 season in Washington. The quicker he can be a reliable shooter from deep, the quicker he'll find his way onto the floor with a team that is shifting to more small-ball.
"No. No," Oubre said after a couple of poor shooting performances to start summer league play about shooting from a few feet farther out. "It's forcing shots. Not being fundamental on our shot. Trying to rush them. It's so wide open when we get our shots sometimes it'll be, 'Oh snap.' We'll be fine. I know I can shoot. I have 100 percent confidence in my shot. I just have to get over the hump."
Oubre and White combined to shoot 3-for-34 until the sixth and final consolation game of the tournament. That's when Oubre made 5 of 7 three-pointers in that game vs. the Denver Nuggets. He finished 8-for-32, or 25%. White never made a three, missing all nine of his attempts.
After endless predraft workouts, individual sessions with skills guru Drew Hanlen and mini-cap with the summer league team before leaving for Las Vegas, Oubre is taking a break. The six games were played in less than a week. Oubre likely will rejoin the Wizards for individual work with coaches at Verizon Center in August.
"Kelly showed that he's a competitor. He's very athletic, he has a feel for the game," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said of Oubre's play which was capped by 30 points in the finale. "He has some things to work on but overall I think we're all pleased with what he did and the potential he has."
Confidence clearly isn't an issue for the 19-year-old. But Oubre's acceptance of coaching, which was on display during his one season in Kansas when he was benched by Bill Self, is a big part of why the Wizards traded up to get the No. 15 pick.
"He's coachable," Grunfeld said. "He's not afraid of the work. He listens to his coaches. He puts the time in on the court."