Have you noticed anything different about Kelly Oubre Jr. this past month?
If you didn’t notice, Kelly Oubre Jr. has been playing at an elite level since he chose to ditch his headband in late January. Now I am sure many of you noticed his recent change in style on the court, but have you looked at his stats since?
Through the first 16 games with a headband, Oubre shot 37% from the field and had one of the worst 3PT percentages in the league at 20%. The lowest percentages of his career.
Without a headband through 19 games, Oubre shot 49% from the field, while converting 41% of his shots from deep, and playing his best month of basketball to date.
But in all seriousness, Oubre Jr’s recent dominant stretch of games is likely because he has finally grasped Steve Kerr’s offense, not because of his on court apparel. But it is always fun to speculate.
Oubre Jr’s early season woes have been well documented. His shot selection and awareness on the basketball court had fans around the Bay Area questioning his fit with the team. His confidence appeared to be nonexistent. But most importantly, it didn’t appear to be having much fun, which is what playing the game is all about. As of late he looks like a man on a mission. In fact, he has slowly emerged as the Warriors second option as of late. His confidence is at an all-time high, and his consistency has been improving as the season continues.
NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders once said, “If you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you play good”.
If that is the case, Oubre Jr should consider losing the headband for good because he is playing lights out.