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.”