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Third Splash Brother? Oubre better on 3s than Steph in February

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Kelly Oubre Steph Curry

While Klay Thompson rehabs a leg injury for the second straight season, the Warriors have been searching for a fellow Splash Brother replacement to pair with Steph Curry. 

This would have sounded insane just a month ago, but perhaps they've found their third Splash Brother in Kelly Oubre Jr. Just look at his stats throughout the month of February. 

Oubre was red-hot from beyond the arc last month, shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers. Just how good was he? He was more accurate from long distance than Curry himself, who made 41.9 percent of his 3s in February. Now context matters, and Curry did put up plenty more deep shots in that span than Oubre did. 

Over 14 games in February, Curry made 75 of his 179 3-point attempts. Oubre played one more game than Curry and nailed 37 of his 87 attempts from long distance.

Slowly but surely, Oubre is making all of us who wrote him off look wrong. He has improved his game in major ways each month, and the Warriors are reaping the benefits. Here are his stats month by month so far. 

December (4 games): 7.8 ppg, 26.0 FG%, 4.8 3P%, 58 ORtg

January (16 games): 13.1 ppg, 40.2 FG%, 27.5 3P%, 98 ORtg

February (15 games): 20.1 ppg, 50.2 FG%, 43.0 3P%, 114 ORtg

Oubre now is averaging 15.5 points over 35 games with the Warriors, which is third on Golden State behind Curry and Andrew Wiggins. He's shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 32.1 percent on 3s. 

The version of himself he showed in February is much closer to what the Warriors envisioned when they acquired him, compared to what he showed in December and January. They're going to have to get this Oubre if they want to compete in the stacked Western Conference

 
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Though Oubre is an unrestricted free agent after this season, the Warriors obtained his Bird rights when they acquired him from the Oklahoma City Thunder. They can extend any offer to Oubre in free agency, all the way up to a max contract. Will they want him back next season once Thompson returns? 

It will be hard to say no if this version of Oubre shows up the rest of the season.

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