Kelly Oubre Jr.
He's a ruby?
Written by Slevin424
Feels like and plays like an amethyst to be honest. I really like picking up balanced players. Guys who can do a little bit of everything and Kelly fits that bill. He's weird on paper. 68 inside and 72 defense? Despite having 87 block, 86 steal 82 perimeter D. 93 driving layup, 85 driving dunk with 88 draw foul. All those stats look decent. Actually his interior D is at 69 which is higher than my Amethyst Scottie Pippen! Well the reason his stats seem mediocre is because his tendencies are out of whack. Block shot tend is 20... despite having an 87 block? Crash tend is 25 despite having decent rebounding stats. So this card is great if you're constantly controlling him. My Scottie Pippen does all the steals and rebounds even blocks I could ask for without me controlling him all the time so I don't have to off-ball and control Scottie, I can focus on the on-ball defense and Scottie will just come over to help on his own. Kelly doesn't do that. BUT I'm starting him over Scottie most the time cause Kelly's offensive is lethal.
Bought for: 6,000 MT (pretty pricey for a Ruby AH y'all need to chill)
- Inside scoring: Ignore that 68 his slashing is pretty nice. He's got good speed and the right finishing badges to slither past defenders and get his points at the rim.
- Shooting: Catch n shoot is great with someone that has HOF or gold Dimer, he rarely misses wide opens. My only complaint is no difficult shot badges. He has a really nice dribble pull up but it would be better with that badge.
- Rebounding: His speed with his vertical actually lets him snag some good boards.
- Defense: Again if you're on-ball he's a great defender. Gets steals, 84 lat quickness keeps him in front of a lot of SF. Interior D at 69 isn't too shabby either. He's not an elite defender but with that offense having decent defense to go along with it is nice. Usually you have to pick one or the other.
- Height: I would love to run him at SG cause against LeBron or Giannis he kinda struggles getting post up. 6'7 isn't the worst but also being 205 and 58 strength means he could get bullied by the bigger SFs.
- Post: No post for Kelly. Kelly don't do post. At all, so don't try it.
- Tendencies: He has the stats to be good in some areas but his tendencies really don't utilize his full potential. So this is a guy you need to control a lot to force him to do what you want.
Recommended Strategy: He's not a LeBron or Giannis. You aren't going bully cards with this dude. But this is a perfect card to run plays with. Get a mismatch on him or give him some off-ball screens to get him open and abuse that catch in shoot. 3pt, mid range, driving, shot close don't matter where it is if the defense leaves him open anywhere or gives him an open lane he's going to get you that bucket. On a Balanced or Pace n Space system with a lot of screen plays this card really shines on that system.
Other Comments: Obviously a Ruby lineup he's amazing but if you're rocking some of the higher tier cards and need a cheap Ruby option to come off the bench for some scoring and defense Kelly is a great pick up.
Use if: You want an all-around offensive threat on your team who won't be a defensive liability. Like that amethyst Rudy Gay card, that just lets everyone score on him.
Don't use if: You want a dominate big SF
Bottom Line: For Ruby this card is impressive.