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Looking back: Toughest adjustment ahead for Kelly Oubre

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Looking back: Toughest adjustment ahead for Kelly Oubre

Kelly Oubre won't admit that the deeper three-point shot in the NBA is a major adjustment for him, but the numbers after Las Vegas Summer League don't lie. It took him five games for him to adjust to it and when he plays against bigger, longer and more athletic players in the actual league that'll be an adjustment, too.

The Wizards' other rookie, Aaron White, had similar problems. Both are expected to develop three-point range. White signed with a team in Germany this week where he should get plenty of work as a stretch power forward. Oubre will be have plenty of veterans ahead of him on the roster for the 2015-16 season in Washington. The quicker he can be a reliable shooter from deep, the quicker he'll find his way onto the floor with a team that is shifting to more small-ball.  

"No. No," Oubre said after a couple of poor shooting performances to start summer league play about shooting from a few feet farther out. "It's forcing shots. Not being fundamental on our shot. Trying to rush them. It's so wide open when we get our shots sometimes it'll be, 'Oh snap.' We'll be fine. I know I can shoot. I have 100 percent confidence in my shot. I just have to get over the hump." 

Oubre and White combined to shoot 3-for-34 until the sixth and final consolation game of the tournament. That's when Oubre made 5 of 7 three-pointers in that game vs. the Denver Nuggets. He finished 8-for-32, or 25%. White never made a three, missing all nine of his attempts. 

After endless predraft workouts, individual sessions with skills guru Drew Hanlen and mini-cap with the summer league team before leaving for Las Vegas, Oubre is taking a break. The six games were played in less than a week. Oubre likely will rejoin the Wizards for individual work with coaches at Verizon Center in August. 

"Kelly showed that he's a competitor. He's very athletic, he has a feel for the game," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said of Oubre's play which was capped by 30 points in the finale. "He has some things to work on but overall I think we're all pleased with what he did and the potential he has."

Confidence clearly isn't an issue for the 19-year-old. But Oubre's acceptance of coaching, which was on display during his one season in Kansas when he was benched by Bill Self, is a big part of why the Wizards traded up to get the No. 15 pick. 

"He's coachable," Grunfeld said. "He's not afraid of the work. He listens to his coaches. He puts the time in on the court."

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Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Hey Wizards - don't fall for this CJ McCollum crossover

Here's an important thing for the Wizards to avoid when facing off against Portland on Monday night: This CJ McCollum crossover.

As seen in this video by our friends at NBC Sports Northwest, the Trail Blazers' player sent a Spurs defender flying - much to the delight of the Portland bench - with the move.

 

"It wasn't even one of my better crossovers," he said after his team's win. "Honestly, he just reacted."

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By the numbers: Bradley Beal on pace to become one of NBA history's best three-point shooters

By the numbers: Bradley Beal on pace to become one of NBA history's best three-point shooters

Bradley Beal topped Gilbert Arenas for first place in career three-pointers in Wizards/Bullets franchise history on Saturday night in the Wizards' loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Beal, only 25, has put himself in some good company over the years with his outside shooting. Here are some numbers to put it all in perspective.

By The Numbers: Bradley Beal's historic shooting numbers

2,208: Beal made his record-breaking, 869th three on his 2,208th attempt. It took Arenas 2,430 attempts to get there in a Wizards uniform. Arenas, however, reached the mark in 357 games compared to Beal's 408. Beal, now at 2,209, is second on the franchise list for career three-pointers attempted. Based on his career attempts averages, he should get there this season.

100: Beal has made at least 100 three-pointers in five straight seasons entering 2018-19. That is a franchise record. The longest such active streak is held by Jamal Crawford at 14. The longest streak in NBA history is held by Ray Allen at 17.

39.4: Beal's career three-point percentage. He is one of only five players ever to shoot at least 39 percent from beyond the arc while making two or more threes per game in their careers. The others are Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield, who has only played in 164 games compared to Beal's 408.

223: Beal set the franchise record for three-pointers made in a single season back in 2016-17. He passed Arenas, who twice got to 205, in 2004-05 and 2006-07.

41: Beal also passed Arenas for the most games in franchise history with five or more three-pointers made. Arenas is in second with 40, while Trevor Ariza is in a distant third with 15. Otto Porter Jr., for comparison, has done it nine times. Beal's 41 games with five threes or more rank 18th among active players. Curry is way ahead of everyone else with 183.

37: Beal is one of just eight players ever to begin his career with six straight seasons of 37 percent or better from three. The other seven is mostly a who's who of three-point specialists like Curry, Thompson, Korver and J.J. Redick.

20: Shooting 37 percent or better from three while also scoring 20 points or more is rarer than you may think. Beal has done it twice in his career, same as LeBron James, Damian Lillard and Kawhi Leonard. Only 11 players have accomplished the feat more often. Dirk Nowitzki has done that in nine seasons, most all-time, while Kevin Durant is second with eight.

872: Speaking of Durant, this isn't a historic number, it's just an interesting coincidence. Since Beal entered the league before the 2012-13 season, he and Durant have been nearly identical as three-point shooters. Beal has made 870 threes, while Durant has knocked down 872. Beal has shot 39.4 percent, while Durant has hit 39.6 of them. Another guy who has been extremely similar to Beal is Danny Green, who now plays for the Raptors. He has hit 858 threes during that span at a 39.2 percent rate.

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