Newcomer Kelly Oubre knew he’d have big shoes to fill replacing Klay Thompson, one of the most decorated shooters of all-time, in Golden State’s starting lineup. Through three games, the 6’6” wing has had a rough go of it to say the least, converting a ghastly 17.5 percent of his field goal attempts (7-for-40) while averaging a dismal 5.7 points per game. Coming off a breakout 2020 (18.7 points per game), obviously this wasn’t what the Warriors had in mind when they plucked Oubre from Oklahoma City for a pair of draft picks last month.
With Thompson hobbled and Stephen Curry showing rust (38.1 field goal percentage), it’s no wonder the slumping Warriors entered Tuesday night sporting a league-worst -21.3-point differential. Oubre and teammate Andrew Wiggins have been widely ridiculed for their sluggish starts, even getting mocked by the graphics team at NBC Sports Chicago.
But what do shooters do? They shoot. Unfazed by his recent brick parade, Oubre launched a three over his former Suns teammate and fellow Kansas alum Josh Jackson early in Tuesday's game at Detroit. The 27-foot heave found the bottom of the net, mercifully ending Oubre’s 0-for-17 drought from beyond the arc. Relieved to finally have his dry spell in the rearview mirror, Oubre couldn’t help but crack a smile as teammates applauded the 25-year-old’s first trifecta in 309 days. The Warriors’ broadcast team of Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike could hardly contain their excitement.
Oubre came up empty on his next two tries from long range, but at least he won’t have to worry about that season-long bagel taunting him anymore.