In less than 24 hours, the Wizards will bid farewell to the 2015-16 season, evaluate themselves and plan for the future. Tonight's finale vs. the Atlanta Hawks could put them back at .500 with a win, a level they never were able to exceed after being 6-5 in the first full month of the season.
Monday's 120-111 slugfest with the Brooklyn Nets aside, most eyes will be fixed on rookie Kelly Oubre and how he performs in extended minutes against a quality playoff team.
Oubre came off the bench behind Jared Dudley, who started in Brooklyn when Markieff Morris was rested. He still was able to register 29 minutes but the prospect of seeing Oubre against Atlanta's first unit is a better gauge for the future.
The Hawks actually drafted him 15th overall for the Wizards, who traded for the 6-7 forward with a promising three-point stroke and defensive instincts that are ideal on the wing.
Oubre averages 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 62 appearances in mostly garbage time or spot minutes to end quarters. He has scored in double figures six times, with his high being 18 points. Oubre made nine starts when Otto Porter was injured and went through a stretch of six games when he made at exactly two three-pointers. He shot 12 of 20, or 60%, from deep.
After Jan. 25, however, Oubre's playing time dwindled.