The more Kelly Oubre Jr. talks of his first, and perhaps only, season with the Warriors, the less enthusiastic he sounds.
Oubre lives freely on and off the court. As a Warrior, it seems he didn't exactly feel that way.
"I want to continue to show all the things I’m capable of and not be put in a box," Oubre said on the latest HoopsHype podcast. "I felt like the universe was trying to put me in a box last year. It’s something that always clashes because it’s a big deal whenever I’m trying to be put in a box, because I can’t be put in a box.
"I’m going to continue to show you and prove to you why you shouldn’t put me in a box. I think that just fueled me to work harder this summer and to come back next year and be a better all-around player."
The 25-year-old wing was on a streak of increasing his points per game averages every season of his career. That is, until Oubre joined Golden State for his sixth NBA season, right before becoming a free agent.
Oubre went from 18.7 points per game with the Phoenix Suns in 2019-20 to just 15.4 in Steve Kerr's offense. His 43.9 percent shooting from the field was his lowest since 2017-18, his 31.6 percent shooting from 3-point range was his worst since 2016-17 and his 50.1 effective field goal percentage also was his lowest since 2017-18.
Plus, Oubre's minutes per game went down from 34.5 to 30.7.
When it comes to free agency and his next destination, Oubre is leaving that out of his hands.
"As far as the business side, I can’t control that," Oubre said. "All I can do is wait for August to roll around with my team and us to really handle the business side. I just want to go somewhere that I can spread my wings and continue to grow and be a focal point in the culture."