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A.J. Abrams - SG, 5'11, 160
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
       Date of birth: 10/16/1986
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2009
     Out of: Texas
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

In college, A.J. Abrams was a brilliant shooter. He holds the Texas and Big 12 records for three pointers made, making 389 of them in 134 games, with three point attempts comprising more than half of his overall field goal attempts. He knew what he liked.

At the professional level, he's still a brilliant shooter. But at the professional level, people aren't going to care about that as much as they care about his size. There are lots of brilliant shooters in the world, and the NBA knows about them all. And so the ones that are 5'11 are forced out.

Abrams is a decent defensive player to go along with his shooting, in spite of his size, and he's OK at pushing the ball. But he shoots about 25 times for every pass, doesn't threaten inside the arc, and spends his life cutting off the ball, trying to work himself open for a deep jumpshot. All this amounts to is a good European career.

All that is fine, of course. But it doesn't get you in the NBA. If you want to get into the NBA at 5'11, you'd better have a career high in assists far in excess of 1.5 per game. And Abrams doesn't.

The NBA is not wrong for this. The NBA isn't prejudiced. They're instead able to choose shooting specialists without huge height deficiencies. So they will.

- 9th August, 2009.

29th July, 2009 Greece Signed a one year contract with Trikalla.
29th December, 2009 Greece Released by Trikalla.
27th July, 2010 Italy Signed a one year contract with Tezenis Verona.
1st January, 2011 Italy Released by Verona.
2nd November, 2011 Czech Republic Signed a one year contract with Nymburk.
1st June, 2012 Czech Republic Re-signed by Nymburk to a one year contract.
2nd January, 2013 Czech Republic Released by Nymburk.
When: Where:
2005 - 2009 Texas (NCAA)
July 2009 New Jersey Nets/Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League, joint team)
July 2009 - December 2009 Trikalla (Greece)
July 2010 New Jersey Nets (Summer League)
July 2010 - January 2011 Verona (Italy, Lega Due)
November 2011 - January 2013 Nymburk (Czech Republic)
From blog:

   2010 Summer League Rosters: New Jersey Nets

A.J. Abrams

There are many undersized shooters in the world, most of them pretending to be point guards to advance that career. However, Abrams has no such pretense; he's a shooter and plays accordingly. This is evident in his first professional career, where he put up A.J. Abrams-like numbers; 17.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.0apg.

Abrams left the team in December and did not play elsewhere that season. He was on the Nets summer league roster last year as well, but did not make the team. Indeed, as a 5'11 shooter with no point guard skills, he never will make an NBA team. He is what he is; undeniably talented, but not fit for the NBA.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 1

- A.J. Abrams

After going undrafted, Texas muli-record holder A.J. Abrams is playing in Greece, where, due to their funky alphabet, he is known as A.J. Eimnpamz. For Trikalla in the Greek A1 League, Eimnpamz averages 17.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 35 minutes per game. It doesn't look as though he has any aspirations to expand the distributing aspect of his game, although nor does it look like his size is holding him back from scoring too much on the continent.

Trikalla are 12th out of 14 teams in the A1, armed with only a 2-6 record, and it's not been a good season. Their three imports are Abrams, Kasib Powell and former Pittsburgh forward Tyrell Biggs, but it's not really helped the team, and Biggs in particular has been poor. Trikalla recently brought in Mark Dickel, which might have spelled the end for Biggs, and which gives Abrams one more player not to pass to.

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