With the Thunder’s season finished, it’s time to start looking back at the body of work of the third youngest roster in the league. I’ll be reviewing the season submitted by all three Thunder rookies, and kicking things off with Spanish sharpshooter, Alex Abrines.
The Most Sincere of Apologies
I admit, I was open about my reluctance to believe in Alex Abrines. Upon the announcement of his signing, I was nothing but pessimistic. I saw a wing with very little muscle on his bones and a slew of glaring defensive problems. However, after watching him appear in 68 games in his rookie season, it feels necessary to issue an apology.
That being said, Abrines did struggle defensively for the first half of the season, as he was prone to poor fouls and his footwork was that of nightmares. He constantly over-adjusted and put himself out of position, went over screens he should’ve gone under and mysteriously went under screens against sharpshooters. Overall he was a wreck defensively early on, but began showing signs of life on the defensive end along the way.