WASHINGTON — Some consolation for Wizards fans: Kelly Oubre still has plenty of potential.
The Wizards Las Vegas Summer League team had very few tangible options for the 2015-16 roster. Danuel House, Daniel Ochefu and Sheldon McClellan all got invites to the Wizards training camp and will have the chance to compete for a roster spot, but Oubre was by far the main draw, and he lived up to the hype.
Oubre was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team Sunday, joining Jaylen Brown, Thon Maker, Norman Powell and Tyler Ulis. The first team consists of Summer League MVP Tyus Jones, Jordan McRae, Bobby Portis, No. 1 pick Ben Simmons and Alan Williams.
Over the span of five games, in which the Wizards went 3-2, Oubre averaged 19.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.2 blocks per game. He shot .375 from the field, a percentage dragged down by a 4-for-15 performance in the final game. He got to the free-throw line 36 times, knocking down 27 of his attempts, and he went 9-for-36 from beyond the arc. He also committed 14 turnovers and 18 fouls while averaging 29.6 minutes per game.
In the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League, Oubre averaged 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game over six games. He shot .384 last year while playing 29 minutes per game.
Oubre received the team honor over the Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram (No. 2 pick in 2016) and D’Angelo Russell (No. 2 pick in 2015), the Phoenix Suns’ Dragan Bender (No. 4 pick in 2016) and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Buddy Hield (No. 6 pick in 2016).
Summer League performance is more or less irrelevant to regular season output, and it, at best, provides a glimpse at players’ potential. Nonetheless, it’s reassuring that Oubre played fairly well in exhibition games he was expected to star in.