Alex Abrines Picked by Oklahoma City Thunder: Scouting Report and Analysis

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Alex Abrines Picked by Oklahoma City Thunder: Scouting Report and Analysis
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With the No. 32 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Alex Abrines from Spain.

Here's everything you need to know about Abrines.

Born in 1993, Alex Abrines has earned a reputation as one of the better young scorers in Europe. However, it's difficult for anyone to evaluate him thoroughly given his limited playing time with Barcelona. Abrines only got 10 minutes a night, though he made most of them count.

He scored 21 points in 21 minutes against Maccabi Tel Aviv in his signature game of the season.

 

Physical Tools

At around 6'6", Abrines is a fluid athlete who can get off the ground and finish on the move. He's got the size and athleticism necessary to play the 2, though he lacks the explosiveness to stand out in an NBA setting.

Below, he's the recipient of a good-looking alley-oop pass that he catches above the rim and finishes in traffic:

 

Abrines will obviously need to add strength, since he could struggle against more physical and explosive wings at the next level.

 

Scoring Instincts, Confidence

You just get the feeling that Abrines believes he's going to make each shot. He takes them with confidence, needing little room or time to let it go.

Abrines seems to have a good feel for the rim from every spot on the floor as a scorer.

Though covered in the corner with no angles, Abrines doesn't want to give the ball up. He uses rip-throughs, jab steps and pump fakes to create just enough separation to cleanly release.

Abrines appears to have a sweet outside stroke that will likely play a big role in his game. He's got deep range with the ability to make shots from all different angles.

 

Off the Dribble

Abrines has a good enough handle that should allow him to navigate through traffic and get where he needs to go. Given the threat he poses as a shooter, defenders are forced to play up tight. With ball screens or proper spacing, Abrines is capable of slicing through the defense and getting to the rack.

He's got the mobility and quickness to handle the ball and attack in the open floor. Watch him go coast to coast, beating the defense down the court and finishing with ease:

 

Questions

We just haven't seen him play that much. It's tough to evaluate the good and the bad from such a small sample size. He appears to be an excellent shooter, though he only made 28 of 93 (30 percent) three-pointers in 2012-13.

You also have to ask whether he's got the strength and game to translate. Can he get off open looks and defend NBA wings?

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