Point Guard, Shooting Guard, and Small Forward
At point guard, Ricky Rubio is pretty well set.
Sure, there are better point guards in the NBA than him, but at 29-years-old, he can easily hold down the position for at least five years and should only be upgraded or replaced if out of necessity, or they happen to draft his replacement unexpectedly.
Now, the roster could use a veteran backup. As much as we all hope the Ty Jerome can step in and make a big difference, and as well as Elie Okobo has looked thus far this season, to have a strong vet who can help lessen the hit the team takes when Rubio is out would be huge.
Shooting guard is obviously cemented with starter Devin Booker, and not only does Book play enough minutes to generally negate the necessity for a backup, they have enough guards – as well as both Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson who can help cover the reserve role when Book is out.
Kelly Oubre at small forward could develop into a star – he certainly looks like he is on the verge.
However, he could not only potentially be the team’s backup should the situation present itself based on a trade, but he could be traded in the right package.
What that package is – I cannot say at this moment. But let’s always remember that generally one has to trade talent to receive talent.
Obviously, Oubre can have big nights and is a lot of fun to watch. He is high-energy and a bulldog defensively.
However, 17.5 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, .5 blocks and a 33.3% 3-point shooting percentage are all nice stats, but what is one single stat that jumps out of the page and shouts: future star?
Personally, I of course would love to see another piece added to a roster that includes Oubre.
But I would also not sit on this roster with him just because I like him as a player – especially if by by chance it means turning down a trade for a current star from somewhere else.