NBA analysts and enthusiasts all agree that Kelly Oubre Jnr. has the body of a prototypical NBA winger with outstanding length and athleticism. Compared to players like Paul George and Trevor Ariza, he has finished 15th overall in the 2015 NBA draft comparison, but the former University of Kansas star may be running out of time if he doesn’t become what everyone thinks he will. Here’s a breakdown of how far he has come.
Bio & Age
Oubre was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 9, 1995, the son of Kelly Paul Oubre II and Tonya Coleman. He grew up in the crime-ridden Magnolia Projects before his family moved to the Eastover section of the city when he entered his teenage years.
The boy attended Edward Hynes Elementary School, where he was considered one of the most talented basketball players in his class. The young athlete also played for the three New Orleans Recreation Development Commission basketball teams before he had to move to Texas to escape the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. In Texas, Oubre attended George Bush High School in Fort Bend before moving to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his final year of high school, where his achievements earned him McDonald’s and Parade All-American honors.
After graduating high school, Oubre accepted a scholarship offer to attend the University of Kansas. In his freshman year, he received two Big 12 Newcomer of the Week awards, averaging 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game in 36 games. At the end of the year, Kelly Oubre Jnr. received the All-Newcomer Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. He then announced that he would give up his remaining college years to participate in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Kelly Oubre Jnr’s NBA Career and Stats
On draft night, Kelly Oubre Jnr. was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 15th overall pick but was immediately traded to the Washington Wizards for another player and two second-round draft picks. Oubre put a four-year rookie contract worth $9.2 million on paper. He then joined the team for the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, where he played in six games and averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Oubre went into his rookie year in the NBA with hopes of making a significant impact that could lead him to the All-Star Weekend Rising Star competition at the end of the season, or at least to the second NBA All-Rookie Team. This did not go as planned, as he averaged only 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 63 games. His high point of the season was an 18-point effort against the San Antonio Spurs.
Kelly Oubre Jnr.’s poor performance in his rookie season prompted him to compete again in the Wizards for the 2016 NBA Summer League, where he was honored as the second team in the All-NBA Summer League. In 79 games he averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. His highlights of the season were a brace against the Sacramento Kings and a 19-point game and 9 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks.
In the 2017-18 season, Oubre experienced a breakout year, averaging 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in 81 games. In one of these games against the Detroit Pistons, he scored a career-high of 26 points.
Why Was He Suspended?
Kelly Oubre Jnr. had several run-ins with the National Basketball Federation, one of which led to his suspension. Oubre’s first attack came in November 2015 in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. The rookie was seen making an obscene gesture that resulted in a $15,000 fine.
Almost two years later, Oubre lost his nerve and knocked Kelly Olynyk to the ground in a playoff game in which the Wizards were knocked out by the Boston Celtics. He was immediately kicked out of the game, and later the NBA Vice President for Basketball Operations announced that he would be banned from a game because he allegedly filed charges in a “dead ball” situation and made a violent and unjustified contact.
Height and Body Stats
Kelly Oubre Jnr. has an impressive height of 2.01 m, although he turns out to be the shortest striker of his team. He also weighs about 93 kg and has a wingspan of 2.2 m.