There’s no replacing Klay Thompson. From a pure skills standpoint, he’s the best all-around player at his position in the NBA. And that doesn’t come close to scratching the surface of his importance to the Warriors.
And yet, in attempting to fill the gigantic void created by Thompson’s absence, Golden State acquired someone who can bring a lot of the same things to the table, albeit maybe not to as exceptional of a degree.
“I bring energy. I bring defense. I bring consistency with my energy,” Kelly Oubre told KRON4’s Jason Dumas. “I look forward to just proving each and every person who has doubts about my game that you can’t put me in a box. I continuously get better each and every year, and it’s something that I take pride in, in being the best basketball player all around that I can potentially be.
“I’m one of the last few two-way players to be able to play great defense and great offense, so I look forward to taking on this challenge of being a defensive lockdown player and an offensive threat. And my 3-point percentage is always going up, as well. So, just looking forward to that.”
Oubre has increased his scoring average every season of his career thus far, culminating with 18.7 points per game with the Phoenix Suns last season. To replicate Thompson’s production, he’ll have to keep that trend going.