Stephen Curry reacts to Kelly Oubre Jr. dropping 40 after brutal start to season
Golden State Warriors swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. has had a rough debut season with the Dubs, but he produced a career night on Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.
Oubre scored a career-high 40 points, and in so doing earned the praise of Warriors star Stephen Curry:
“A lot of respect for a guy like that, with how the season has gone so far,” Warriors superstar Stephen Curry said of Oubre, via Wes Goldberg of the Mercury News.
The Warriors scooped Oubre from the Oklahoma City Thunder after he had originally been included in the Chris Paul blockbuster. Oubre was coming off a strong campaign with the Phoenix Suns, and the hope was he could give the Dubs some scoring and playmaking in Klay Thompson’s absence.
But Oubre struggled to adapt to his new surroundings. He went 0-for-17 from beyond the arc to start the season, and was 7-for-51 from deep through the first 10 games of the season. However, Oubre is continuing to work through the shooting inconsistencies, and has stayed aggressive in recent outings.
The 25-year-old has at least 11 field goal attempts in each of the last four games. Oubre was 14-for-21 from the field Thursday night, including 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry and the Warriors obviously hope Oubre continues to stay on the attack in an effort to make Golden State more dangerous offensively.
Oubre’s ability to be a capable No. 2 scoring option is vital. Curry is playing up to past MVP standards, and Andrew Wiggins has been a capable floor-spacer. But James Wiseman is still in the early stages of his development, and Draymond Green is hardly a shot-creator.
The Warriors need Kelly Oubre to provide consistent offense, and he has something to build off of after Thursday night’s explosion.