Alex Abrines said over the All-Star break that he missed his former club FC Barcelona, but he’s really happy in Oklahoma City.
“I’m really happy in my first year here [in Oklahoma City],” Abrines told Eurohoops.net.
The sharp-shooting Spaniard in his first year with the Thunder is averaging 5.4 points on 37.5 percent shooting from three-point range.
“I miss my team [FC Barcelona],” Abrines said. “I miss the city.”
Rightfully so. The Thunder rookie spent four years in Barcelona, helping them to a Copa Del Rey and Euroleague championship in 2013-14.
“I’m excited to play in the All-Star game and with the Thunder,” Abrines said.
Abrines was recently named to the Rising Stars Challenge. It brings the first and second year players together to face off in a USA vs. the World challenge. Abrines was named with fellow teammate Domantas Sabonis. It wasn’t the best showing for the Spaniard as he was only 1-of-5 from the floor for three points.
For the Thunder, they have really appreciated what their European rookie has brought to the table. He is second on the team in three-point shooting at 37.5 percent. Only Jerami Grant is better at 39 percent. Abrines ability to come off the bench and get hot has really helped provide some spacing to an offense that might be one of the worst in the association.
“I know it’s hard for rookies to get minutes their first year,”the Thunder rookie said. “I’m happy with the job I’ve done.”
With the loss of Kevin Durant, the Thunder’s three-point shooting has been less than stellar. Oklahoma City is currently 32.1 percent, 29th in the NBA. It’s only ahead of the Chicago Bulls, who are 31.6 percent. Without Abrines, the Thunder would be dead last in the league. They’ll have to get better if they’re going to make some noise in the playoffs.
“I’m excited to move forward as a team,” he said. “We’ll try to get in the playoffs and the highest position possible.”