With Otto Porter as the starter at small forward, it became a question of how far, if at all, Kelly Oubre could push him in his second season with the Wizards.
He was getting more playing time under Scott Brooks than he ever did as a rookie under Randy Wittman. When the Wizards went on an 18-3 run into the All-Star break that turned around their season, Oubre was on the court simultaneously with Porter when they went to a small-ball lineup.
Instead of building on that, however, the Wizards plateaued after the break and Oubre fell back into his early-season form. His shot disappeared and although he occasionally was brilliant against smaller guards such as Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, Oubre wasn't quite the same.
He rebounded during the stretch run of the season but was mostly cold during the postseason. He played just six seconds in a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.
The skinny: 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 42.1% FG shooting; 28,7% threes; 79 appearances.
Best game: March 25 at Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the start of eight of nine games in which Oubre would score in double figures. He had 16 and seven rebounds off the bench as the Cavs had no answer for his length, athleticism and ability to defend the perimeter.
Weak spots: Oubre still hasn't shown a right hand. When he puts the ball on the floor, he's not changing direction with a crossover to his weak hand. He had several baskets negated because he refused or couldn't finish with his right at the rim. His three-point shot also took a step back as he was 3% less accurate than his rookie season
Fixes: The shooting part is corrected with offseason work, and the lapses he shows defensively aren't ability-related. But he has to have a better grasp of his responsibilties in team defense and shouldn't have to re-learn those concepts when playing an opponent multiple times in a season.
Next step: His Las Vegas summer league run is done after two appearances. His individual workouts with Drew Hanlen will be crucial as well. When Oubre was taken No. 15 overall and acquired in a draft night trade with Atlanta, the Wizards said he'd take 2-3 years to develop. Year 3 is upon him. They also have to decide on picking up his fourth-year option on his rookie scale contract in October.