TOWSON, Md. -- Alan Anderson didn't practice with the Wizards for the second day in a row because of left ankle soreness, but the veteran has been taking time to mentor rookie Kelly Oubre and aid his transition to the NBA.
"He’s been on the sideline working on his rehab but he’s been in my ear saying the most out of everybody," said Oubre, who the Wizards traded up in the first round to acquire in June's draft. "Thank you to the O.G. for helping me get through."
Anderson, 32, is a small forward like Oubre but is a short-term option playing on a one-year deal. Oubre, who will compete with him for playing time, is the future.
Coach Randy Wittman's offense is changing rapidly, going to one-in (a big) and four out (perimeter players). The pace is so rapid that even John Wall has had to adjust to the speed of play. Oubre has played at point guard, shooting guard and small forward.
"A lot of high ball screens, a lot of pick-and-rolls," Oubre said. "It gives us free rein to pretty much fill in a spot and go play or push the ball when you get a rebound and go play. It’s kind of versatile."
Oubre shot a high percentage on three-point shot from the corners. He'd looked shaky when he played for the Wizards' summer league team in Las Vegas from long range, shooting well under 30%.
"I can shoot," Oubre said. "I could shoot in summer league, too. I started working on it in the gym. It’s falling now in training camp. That’s always a plus."