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J-Rich impressed by Oubre, says dunks are 'fun' to see

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From one prolific dunker to another. 

Kelly Oubre Jr. has established himself early as a player who is not afraid to put the hammer down. For example, his putback slam in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 121-99 romp of the San Antonio Spurs was pretty epic.

Word of Oubre's dunk dominance has circled around the league, and former Warrior Jason Richardson is no exception. Richardson joined Greg Papa, Dorell Wright and Chris Mullin on Warriors Pregame Live on Thursday, detailing why Oubre is so exciting to watch.

"He’s very athletic," Richardson said. "I’ve been watching him for a couple of years now. I think he had a real breakout year last year with Phoenix. He played really well, had a career year. 

"Seeing his athleticism, the way he gets up and down the floor and dunks, it’s fun to see."

That's high praise from the former two-time NBA Dunk Champion. 

The Warriors drafted Richardson with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2001 Draft and he stayed with the organization until 2007. He was a key member of Golden State's "We Believe" era and lit up Dub Nation with some monstrous dunks in his tenure. 

 

Now the 40-year-old can sit back and watch Oubre do the same. While Oubre's start with Golden State hasn't been the most consistent, he has shown some steady improvement as of late. He dropped 16 points and nine rebounds in Wednesday's win, following up a 23-point performance in the Warriors' 115-113 stunner over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. In 14 games this season, Oubre is averaging 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 28.1 minutes per game. 

Richardson also believes the best is yet to come for the 25-year-old, believing fans will come to love Oubre's emphatic slams once they're welcomed back to Chase Center.

"I think he’s going to bring the crowd down with some of his dunks once the fans are back in the arena," Richardson predicted. 

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For Oubre, his philosophy is simple.

"I just want it," he said to reporters after Wednesday's win. "I want it more than anybody else. I'm gonna go to whatever heights and go get it."

That he does.

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