Misfortune struck the Philadelphia 76ers team tonight as 27-year-old shooting guard Kelly Oubre was struck by a motor vehicle while walking near his residence in Center City, Philadelphia, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. As of recently, Oubre is thankfully in stable condition.
Team representatives have met with Oubre at the hospital, including President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey. Although his injuries from the accident aren't season-ending, Oubre is expected to be out for an extended period. Local officials are still investigating the incident, as no additional information has been available.
After a stint with the Charlotte Hornets, Oubre signed a one-year/$2.8 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers in September. In eight games for his new club, Oubre has averaged 16.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game, and 1.4 steals per game on 50 percent shooting from the field, a career-high 37 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 29 minutes per game. Not to mention, he's looked better in the advanced metrics of the game.
Per Cleaning the Glass, Oubre ranks in the 87th percentile in turnover percentile and 82nd percentile in points per shot attempt. This year has been an outlier since he's been more efficient on low usage than his old reputation of being a high-volume, low-efficiency scorer during his previous eight seasons across the NBA. He's also posted the best offensive box plus-minus of his career at 1.5 and overall box plus-minus at 1.1, per Basketball Reference.
After the James Harden trade, Oubre had been integrated into the starting lineup, which sent veteran starting power forward P.J. Tucker to the Clippers.
The 76ers had a day off after beating the Pistons 114-106 in Detroit in one of the games associated with the NBA's in-season tournament. The 76ers will play the Indiana Pacers today at 6 PM EST. It's assumed that veteran swingman Nicolas Batum will take his place in the starting lineup, with Tobias Harris moving back to small forward. Head coach Nick Nurse will also have to lean on defensive-minded veterans like Batum, Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, and KJ Martin for more scoring punch.
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