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San Antonio Spurs: Pros and Cons of signing Kelly Oubre Jr.

By Matty Farner
Kelly Oubre Jr. - Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors
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Cons of the San Antonio Spurs signing Kelly Oubre Jr.

Shooting inconsistency

If you didn't watch the first month or so of the Golden State Warriors season, you didn't see one of the more disastrous offensive starts to a season in recent history. In the first 21 games of the season, Oubre shot an abysmal 24-104 from three, good for just 23%. He then exploded for a 40 point outing against the Dallas Mavericks and never looked back, scoring at least 14 points in almost every game the rest of the season.

Oubre's shooting inconsistencies are definitely a cause for concern, especially when taking his wildly varying free-throw shooting numbers into account. The Spurs need shooters and if he isn't reliable, he may not be worth the money he'll ask for. Still, though, he has plenty of upside to work with, especially if Chip Engelland will be the one helping him. Just two years ago, he averaged a career-high 18 points shooting 35% from three. He almost certainly will help fill the void on offense left by DeMar (should he leave).

Culture fit

This is not a knock on Oubre as a person in any way, shape, or form. Rather, this is pure speculation from someone looking from the outside in. Because the Spurs generally appear to prefer guys that are under the radar, that are selfless, and that keep to themselves, Oubre's personality may be a bit offputting to Coach Gregg Popovich.

His showy celebrations are the very antithesis of most of those aforementioned qualities, and if he were to join the team this upcoming fall, he may have to make an adjustment there. Commotion seems to follow Oubre wherever he goes, even if not all of it is bad, and it is something the front office may take into account when making their final decision on him.

Ultimately, though, I don't see this as a major problem or as an issue that would determine whether or not the Spurs pursue Oubre. He should be a great fit and I don't think the front office would allow such a trivial attribute to get in the way of signing a player that would help the team immensely for years to come.