Solomon Alabi was a late invite to Philadelphia 76ers training camp, helping bring their total up to 20 players. Only 15 can make the team, and Alabi is certainly on the outside looking in at the beginning of camp.
Alabi was a second round pick in 2010 and has since played in only 26 career NBA games, with career averages of 1.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 31.4 percent field goal percentage. It’s pretty hard to only make 31 percent of your shots when you’re 7-foot-1, but Alabi has found a way.
Alabi did not make an appearance in an NBA game last season and was invited to Sixers camp because he is a big body. With all of the injuries to the frontcourt including Nerlens Noel, Arnett Moultrie and Kwame Brown, it’s not a stretch to say that Alabi has a chance to make this team because of his height.
Even if he does make the team, he is nothing more than an end of the bench guy with a career average of only seven minutes per game. He’ll be battling with Mac Koshwal and Tim Ohlbrecht to get the spot of fifth big man for the first half of the season behind starters Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young and reserves Royce White and Lavoy Allen. Because of uncertainty with White’s situation and Allen’s health in question, there are minutes to be had in the first half of the season until Noel and Moultrie return.
Alabi will get his chance to compete for minutes during training camp, but he is still a long shot to make this team. If he does, he will provide a big body down low that can grab rebounds and give his six fouls (a la Kwame Brown).