Kelly Oubre has had a rollercoaster of a season thus far. He got off to a very rough start to begin the season, started to play well, heard his name thrown around in trade rumors and then got demoted to a bench role as the Warriors began to battle for a spot in the play-in tournament.
Oubre began the season shooting 0-for-17 from beyond the arc, and struggled shooting in general. Once he began to play better, Oubre was rumored to be traded ahead of the March 25 deadline.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke about Oubre's resiliency before Tuesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center.
"To start the season that way, it’s not easy to get out of a rut like that," Kerr said. "Not only did he get out of it, but he really took off after those first 20 games or so. He’s been a huge contributor ever since. He handled the trade rumors really well and continued to play and play at a high level."
Shortly after the trade deadline, Oubre suffered a wrist injury that sidelined him for a few games. Since the injury, the Warriors created a new role for Oubre off the bench, and he is thriving.
Oubre is a veteran player in this league and has earned each starting opportunity throughout his six-year career. There might not be many starting-caliber, veteran players who would take kindly to a demotion such as Oubre's.
Kerr appreciates Oubre taking his new role in stride.
"Now he’s handling a different role coming off the bench in a really professional manner," Kerr said. "He’s had two or three really good games in a row in that role, and even though he wants to start, he understands it and I really appreciate what he’s doing for us.”
Oubre has played well as of late, and he's going to continue playing a big role in the Warriors' surge towards the play-in tournament.