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Alex Abrines

  • Full Name: Alex Abrines
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-6 / 189
  • Birthdate: August 1, 1993
  • Club: Regal Barcelona (Spain)
Oklahoma City Thunder Round 2: Pick 32
 

- No. 32 Pick: Alex Abrines

Strengths
- High basketball IQ, good team player
- Runs the court well with long strides
- Good shooting form and range
- Athletic with good size for the 2-guard
- Good vision and passing skills
- Rebounds very well

Weaknesses
- Needs ball-handling improvement
- Need to get stronger and more physically mature
- Pick-and-roll game needs work
- Quickness and agility can use work

NBA projection
Abrines has a solid future. He has NBA athleticism and has the size and skill set to be a prototypical NBA 2-guard. He's likely a mid-2nd round pick ad then stay in Spain for several years to get more time against tough competition.

2012-2013 Season
Abrines came onto the scene after being named MVP of the 2011 European Championships in which he led Spain to the gold medal averaging 13.1 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Last summer he averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg in the U20 European Championships. He worked his way into Barcelona's rotation, which considering the quality and depth of their roster was quite an achievement for a 19-year-old. Abrines received 30 minutes of action in back to back games late in the season and scored in double figures in both contests.

Key statistics
5.1 ppg | 1.1 rpg | 0.3 apg |10.9 mpg | .636 2PT | .324 3PT | 100% FT (16-16)

Cool statistic
In a Euroleague win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv Abrines scored 21 points in 21 minutes of play.

Reminds me of...
Rudy Fernandez or Manu Ginobili in time

What Insiders Say
Luka Bassin, International Scout and Coach, Slovenia
"After last season's eruption in Malaga, this season's ups and downs in Barcelona and a good end of the season (ACB league still in progress), Abrines is ready to be drafted. In my opinion he should stay in Europe at least for another season. He uses perfectly off-ball screens having good balance and quick release and is excellent in transition. He is fast and has good leaping ability but lacks muscles. In case some team needs the Manu Ginobili of the future..."

Giovanni Conte, Basket Caffe
"He improved a lot last season as he acquired minutes and confidence. He plays with no fear, even in big games. His shot is smooth and quick, and very reliable also off the screen. He has a great body with long arms that allows him to deflect many balls. His quickness and good mentality make him a great player in transition, even at the NBA level."

Lorenzo Neri, Draftology
"I love the way he jumps on the game doing whatever his team needs. He's a great shooter in spot-up situations and knows how to position himself on the perimeter. On the defensive side could rely on his quick feet, but his body is a problem now. At 19 has experience in Euroleague with important minutes on the floor, for an NBA team he'll be a long-term prospect."

-- Chris Denker and Carl Berman are managing partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter @netscouts, or follow Chris and Carl.