As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s season...
Player: Kelly Oubre, Jr.
Position: Small forward
2016-17 stats: 79 G, 20.3 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 0.6 apg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.1 FG%, 28.7 3P%, 75.8 FT%, 48.2 eFG%, 104 ORtg, 110 DRtg
2017-18 storyline: Oubre's second NBA season was a productive one and a clear step forward for the former first round pick. He doubled his minutes under head coach Scott Brooks, carved a niche as a disruptor on defense and got some playoff experience along the way; some very memorable playoff experience, in fact. Oubre now enters his third season with the Wizards with an option on his contract for the fourth year that will be determined sometime over the next month.
This year represents a chance for Oubre to take another step and become an even more important cog in their second unit. Like most young players, the Wizards are looking for consistency from Oubre. They want him to let the game come to him and play within their system. Focus on defense and let the offense follow.
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On their revamped bench, Oubre remains the most athletic player and best wing defender. He also has a potentially important spot in the Wizards' small-ball lineups. Last season, Brooks found success with Oubre playing alongside Otto Porter with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Brooks liked how the four of them could switch from ball-handlers to wings.
Defense is likely to be Oubre's calling card in the short-term, but he has a high ceiling on offense. He has been working extensively this offseason with trainer Drew Hanlen on dribbling and creating his own shot. Developing those skills should help him score more efficiently, as both his field-goal and three-point percentages dropped slightly last year as his volume of shot attempts increased. The more he can knock down threes, the more other teams will focus on him defensively and that can open up opportunities for other bench guys like Jodie Meeks.
Potential to improve: Three-point shooting, ball-handling, on-ball defense.
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