With the season 18 games over for the Oklahoma City Thunder it appears that Billy Donovan has paused the Alex Abrines experiment.
Alex Abrines signed a three year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder at the start of the season. He was bought over as a three point shooter, having averaged 42 percent over the last three seasons with Barcelona in Europe.
The problem is that Oklahoma City already has a three point shooter, Anthony Morrow. Morrow has a career three point percentage of 42 percent in the NBA.
Over the first 18 games, Alex Abrines played 12.6 minutes per game. He has averaged 4.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per games in that time. His slash line was 35/27/91 over the 18 games. This is simply not good enough for a shooter.
Fortunately for Abrines, Morrow has not been used very much by Billy Donovan. My thoughts on this are that Donovan decided to try and give Abrines a fair go, to see if he could cut it in the NBA.
As shown by the numbers, Abrines has struggled, especially of late. In his last five games, Abrines has shot 2-of-14 from deep, this is 14 percent. In those games the Oklahoma City Thunder has gone 2-3. The wins were against the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons. The losses were against the Indiana Pacers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings.
In the same time Anthony Morrow has played six games, he played the game against the Denver Nuggets that Oklahoma City won.
During this period, Morrow has shot 6-of-14 from deep, this is 43 percent. Is it any wonder that Donovan is going with Morrow.
Morrow has played 10.7 minutes per game, he is averaging 5.2 points and 0.4 rebounds. Since Morow hit his first three point shot in the season, 10 games into it, he has shot well.
In the loss to Sacramento, Morrow scored eight points, his best mark of the season. He then bettered that to 10 points, shooting 4-of-8 from deep.
Then, in the game against Detroit, Morrow had a massive season high of 21 points. 8-of-12 from the field, which also included 3-of-6 from deep.
It will be interesting to see how Morrow will go in the next four games. He will need to perform against the New York Knicks, the Washington Wizards, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks.