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Wild theory 'proves' why Kelly Oubre Jr will be NBA champion this season

Joshua Rogers July 28, 2022
Wild theory 'proves' why Kelly Oubre Jr will be NBA champion this season
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One internet theory suggested Kelly Oubre Jr is destined to become an NBA champion this season due to a curious pattern dating back to 2011.

Kelly Oubre Jr has floated around the league since being drafted in 2015. He spent time with the Wizards, Suns and Warriors before finally landing with the Hornets in 2021.

Oubre signed a 2-year, $25 million contract last summer, hitting the ground running, scoring 25 points off the bench in his second outing for the team. He had nine 25+ point games last season and had a memorable 37 points off the bench in a win against the Grizzlies.

However, like with any volume shooters, Kelly is a streaky player capable of finding himself in serious shooting slumps. Eleven times he made zero or one 3-pointer on at least six attempts.

He had a solid if not spectacular season in the end, averaging 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. 

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Wild theory ‘proves’ Kelly Oubre Jr will be NBA champion this season

$5 million of Oubre’s $12.6 million contract are guaranteed for next season. With just one year remaining on his contract, Oubre could be a prime trade candidate should the Hornets choose to explore that route, but as of now it seems likely he’ll start the season with the Hornets.

Which is good news, because according to one internet theory the Hornets are winning it all next season.

Posted by u/crazyyhavoc in the r/nba subreddit, the Kelly Oubre theory goes ‘proves’ he will become an NBA champion next season because of a pattern dating back to 2011.

The theory reads:

  • In 2011 Kawhi Leonard was drafted with the 15th pick. In 2019 he won a chip with the Raptors
  • In 2012 Anthony Davis got drafted with the 1st pick. In 2020 he became an NBA champion with the Lakers
  • In 2013 Giannis Antetokounmpo was drafted by the Bucks with the 15th pick. Then he won the finals in 2021.
  • In 2014 Andrew Wiggins was drafted with the 1st pick. In 2022 he won the championship with the Golden State Warriors.

Following these the 15th pick of the 2015 NBA draft should win a ring in 2023.

Who is that? Kelly Oubre Jr.

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Redditors point out what that means for 2024

Fans seemed to appreciate the research put into the theory. One Hornets fan wrote, “In my unbiased opinion it’s a sound argument.”

However, another fan pointed out that Oubre could get traded, meaning the team he lands on, not the Hornets, will become champs (according to the theory at least).

Another fan pointed out that according to the theory’s pattern of the 1st and 15th pick winning the championship in alternate years, Ben Simmons will win a ring the following season.

Simmons was drafted 1st overall in 2016 so according to the theory he will be a champion in 2024. ‘Imagine if KD leaves just for Ben to lead the Nets to a ring’, one person noted.

Kelly recently got married

We’ll see how things play out in the coming months, of course. Right now, though, Kelly is enjoying life away from the basketball court.

The 26-year-old recently got married to fiancé, Shylynn, and shared pictures of their wedding ceremony to Instagram. You can check out some of the photos below:

 Do you think Kelly Oubre Jr will be an NBA champion next year? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.