Many of us expected the Golden State Warriors to return this season in full gear. But unfortunately, after draft night, it was announced that Klay Thompson tore his Achilles. Once again, it was a huge blow for the team to lose one of its star players again. It has been a challenge for Steve Kerr as far as who to insert in the starting lineup alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
During the offseason, the Warriors were able to trade for forward Kelly Oubre Jr. With the way Oubre emerged last season for the Phoenix Suns, it was only a matter of time before he carried over his momentum to an unselfish Warriors organization. Well, at least we thought he would.
Through the first 16 games of the regular season, Oubre has started at the wing position alongside Andrew Wiggins. And it has not been an insightful thing to see.
Oubre’s perimeter shooting has been awful. According to Basketball-Reference, Oubre has shot 17 of 84 from three-point land to begin the season, and there has been no rhythm from the perimeter. The difficult issue is that when Oubre is not a force on offense, it allows him to become a liability on defense as well. If Oubre does not show improvements as the season progresses, then Steve Kerr must make the needed adjustment.
Now we go to Andrew Wiggins. A player who can often lack aggressiveness, this was the one player that many were concerned about in Golden State. Wiggins displays raw talent with his athleticism and skill set, but he has seemed to never take his game to the next level as an All-Star.