Oklahoma City Thunder: Alex Abrines a globetrotting gamble for OKC

There are draft and stash tales to both extremes, but the Thunder brass, careful and calculated, seem to like the winning situation in which Abrines currently resides.
by Anthony Slater Published: July 7, 2013

“(He) gets very little time on Barcelona's team, because outside of the NBA, it might be one of the two best teams in the world,” Fraschilla said on draft night.

 But he had some big performances, including a 21-point breakout against Macabbi Tel Aviv, and gained useful experience playing deep into the playoffs for a team that has reached the Spanish ACB League Finals seven straight seasons.

“And he's earned his way onto the floor there in some pretty pivotal games at a very young age,” Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said of Abrines. “I think that our international group did a very good job identifying him very early in the process.” 

Known for that pure shooting stroke, Abrines has also impressed Presti with his competitiveness. Many of his teammates, longtime professionals, have raved about his practice habits to the Thunder GM. 

When he comes to OKC — if he comes to OKC — the Thunder will likely have to work out a buyout with Barcelona. But in the meantime, the Thunder seems content watching its young talent blossom overseas. 

“He's someone who we're going to work with and figure out what his time frame is,” Presti said. “But to be able to add a player who shoots the ball like that, plays against top-level competition in Europe at a young age, we like investing in that.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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