One year ago, Kelly Oubre Jr. arrived in Washington with teenage bravado and raw athletic skills. The Wizards' first round pick flashed brightly at times on the basketball court, but often looked inconsistent during a sparsely played rookie season.
Soon, we'll get a look to see if his basketball skill set went next-level. Oubre was among those participating at Verizon Center Tuesday as Washington opened a three-day practice session before heading to Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League.
Off the court, the small forward already stretched his game thanks to adulthood realities.
"I would say I'm more mature," the now 20-year-old said. "I think taxes and bills will do that to you, especially at our tax bracket."
Based on the composition of Washington's main roster, the Wizards are relying on Oubre's growth between the lines as well. The evolving and unofficial depth chart slots the 2015 first round pick behind starter Otto Porter.
The NBA season, that's down the line. On deck, Oubre gets his second crack at the NBA Summer League.
"Since this is my second go-round, I'm a little bit more even keeled," Oubre said after Tuesday's practice. "I wouldn't say I know what to expect, but I kind of have a grasp. I'm not getting to high; I'm not getting to low. I'm more so motivated -- really motivated this offseason pretty hard. I'm excited to get out there and compete against other bodies."
Since Washington's season ended in April, Oubre has primarily worked out in the Los Angeles area with his personal trainer, Drew Hanlen, who also counts Bradley Beal as a client.
"I've been in the trenches. I've been working out," Oubre said.
Under coach Randy Wittman, Oubre was often out of the lineup despite being one of the few Wizards not to suffer an injury. He averaged 11 minutes in 63 games.
The summer league practices provide an opportunity to work with Washington's new coaching staff, led by head coach Scott Brooks.
Asked if he expects to play more in year two, Oubre excitedly blurted, "100 percent," before catching himself. "Hopefully," he finished.
"I'm just trying to listen to the coaches, learn the game, things that I don't know so that when it comes to the season against bigger bodies, I'm one step ahead and not one step slower like I was last year. It's big for me."