Kelly Oubre Jr.
For the past couple of seasons, Kelly Oubre Jr., has seemingly been the only formidable player off the Washington Wizards bench. The scoring, playmaking and defensive responsibilities always seem to fall on his shoulders.
Oubre is entering the final season of his rookie deal and would be a restricted free agent next summer after he did not get an extension offer from the Wizards before Monday’s deadline.
The success of the Wizards has been partly dependent on how Kelly plays, especially down the stretch of games, where it seems that their small-ball lineups have the most success.
A young, defensive-minded wing that could also play against bigger opponents seems like a realistic target for the Brooklyn Nets this offseason, assuming either DeMarre Carroll (unrestricted free agent) or Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (restricted free agent) are not brought back.
Kelly actually reminds me of Rondae a little, both being lefties, smaller forwards, but playing bigger than they actually are. They are both fearless on both ends of the floor and it seems like their body takes a punishment because of it.
The season is a long one, knowing how Sean Marks operates, he is always looking to build towards the future.