Newly signed Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Alex Abrines has been added to Spain's finalized 2016 Olympic roster. Abrines joins a decorated Spanish National Team that includes NBA-standouts Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Mirotic, and Jose Calderon. In total, Spain boasts ten players who have either played for or been drafted by, NBA franchises.
While Spain is a front-runner to win Group-B honors and vye for an Olympic Medal, Abrines is overjoyed to participate in his first Olympiad.
"No competition is above this in importance. It's a dream come true to be in Rio."
Having competed five seasons professionally with Liga ACB Euroleague, the 6'6 swingman showed marked improvement during his time with one of the world's premier basketball organizations. In 2015-2016, Abrines averaged 9.9 ppg while posting stellar shooting percentages of 51/45/90 in 27 contests for FC Barcelona Lassa.
Following a strong 2016 campaign, the 23-year-old Palma de Mallorca native was awarded prestigious Euroleague Rising Star honors before turning his attention stateside.
Already recognizing his potential, Oklahoma City selected Abrines 32nd overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, the Thunder had to wait three years for its Spanish star to arrive. After a June 19 buyout from Barcelona, Abrines inked a three-year, $18 million contract with OKC later that month.
In his final Olympic tune-up, Abrines registered 11 points and three rebounds in Spain's 100-63 blowout of the Ivory Coast.
Abrines and the Spanish National Team open Olympic play Sunday, August 7 versus Croatia.