Jul 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Solomon Alabi joins the Denver Nugget Las Vegas Summer League team. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Solomon Alabi, Denver Nugget Summer League Player

A native of Nigeria, Solomon Alabi did not play basketball until his family moved to Orlando when he was 15 years old.

In Alabi’s freshman year at Florida State he broke his leg 10 games into the year.  Alabi returned the next season and led the ACC with 2.1 blocks per game earning him a spot on the ACC All-Defensive team in 2008–2009.  In Alabi’s final year at Florida State, he ranked 26th in the nation in blocked shots (2.39 average per game) while increasing his scoring average to 11.7 points per game.

Heading into the NBA draft, here is what was written about him by Draft Express:

It is impossible to discuss Alabi as a prospect without mentioning his physical tools…Enjoying ideal height and a big wingspan for a center at the next level, Alabi has continued to add weight to his frame, something he’ll need to continue to do in order to maximize his already impressive athletic profile.

Though he remains very raw in regards to his ability to score from the block, and is unlikely to ever emerge as a huge scoring presence, he continues to show flashes of potential. Alabi is slowly learning how to use his size to his advantage, but hasn’t been quite as efficient from the block as he was last season, still has lapses, and looks extremely mechanical with certain moves. He needs to continue to improve his footwork, expand the range of his moves, try to develop a softer touch, become quicker and more assertive on the block, and develop a wider base and better lower body strength to establish deeper post position

Solomon Alabi was drafted 50th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2010 NBA Draft.  Alabi was promptly traded to the Toronto Raptors.  Three days after the draft, news came out that Alabi had Hepatitis B.  It was because of the illness that many feel Alabi dropped so low in the draft.

In 2012, Solomon Alabi played one Las Vegas Summer League game for the Denver Nuggets.  Solomon scored 1 point and collected 3 rebounds in 8 minutes of play.

Later that year, Alabi would play a total of 16 minutes over a span of three preseason games for the New Orleans Pelicans.  To date, those were Alabi’s final minutes on an NBA court despite being a part of the Philadelphia 76ers preseason team.

Solomon Alabi’s Wikipedia page states he is currently playing in Taiwan. The only Taiwan information I could find was in this link.  I pasted the table showing his stats from his year in Taiwan and his 2012/13 D-league team.

YEAR Team Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 2-pt FG% 3-pt FG% FT%
13/14 Yulon Luxgen 27.9 12.8 13.9 0.5 0.8 2.1 48.1% 0.0% 62.2%
12/13 Idaho S. 15.1 4.9 5.5 0.2 0.4 0.9 51.3% 0.0% 53.3%

 

I remember watching Solomon Alabi play for the Toronto Raptors in his first summer league game.  It was like watching a fish out of water.  Alabi looked uncomfortable with the ball in his hands.  Alabi looked uncomfortable whenever an opposing player leaned into him instead of just trying to hoist a shot over him.  Experience has hopefully made Alabi a much better player.

 

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