It's almost impossible to overstate how awful Kelly Oubre Jr. played through the first six weeks of this season. Take out dunks, and he missed his first 31 shots in a Golden State Warriors uniform. Narrow it down to 3-pointers, and Oubre missed his first 17 attempts of the season, and through his first 10 games he was shooting 13 percent (7 for 51) from downtown.
Things arguably hit a low point for Oubre in Golden State's loss to the Boston Celtics on Feb. 2. His traditional stats didn't look that bad -- 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting -- but the plus-minus, as wobbly as that number tends to be through a single-game lens, told the tale.
In a four-point loss, Oubre was a team-worst minus-25 in 26 minutes, which is to say he basically cost the Warriors a full point every minute he was on the court. By contrast, in the 22 minutes Oubre was on the bench, the Warriors outscored the Celtics by 21, which is to say the Warriors gained a point every minute he wasn't playing.
Two nights later, Oubre scored a career-high 40 points in Golden State's 147-116 win over Dallas, and he hasn't looked back since, scoring 20.6 points on 50 percent shooting, including 43-percent from 3, over his last 14 games. Most importantly, the Warriors have won his minutes by a combined 41 points over that stretch.