Alaa Abdelnaby

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Alaa Abdelnaby
Personal information
Born (1968-06-24) June 24, 1968 (age 48)
Alexandria, Egypt
Nationality American / Egyptian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Bloomfield (Bloomfield, New Jersey)
College Duke (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 1990–2000
Position Power forward / Center
Number 31, 5, 4, 30
Career history
19901992 Portland Trail Blazers
1992 Milwaukee Bucks
1992–1994 Boston Celtics
1994–1995 Sacramento Kings
1995 Philadelphia 76ers
1995–1996 Papagou BC
1996–1997 Omaha Racers
1997–1998 Olympique Antibes
1999–2000 Idaho Stampede
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,465 (5.7 ppg)
Rebounds 846 (3.3 rpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alaa Abdelnaby (Arabic: علاء عبد النبي‎‎, born June 24, 1968) is a retired Egyptian-American professional basketball player. He played for Duke University and then played in the NBA and CBA, among other leagues. Abdelnaby is currently a basketball broadcaster/analyst for Comcast Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, and Westwood One Radio.

Early life[edit]

Abdelnaby was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and moved to the United States with his family in 1971 at the age of two.[1] Abdelnaby is Muslim.[2] He was raised in Nutley and Bloomfield, New Jersey and played on the Bloomfield High School basketball team.[3]

Abdelnaby was selected as a standout American high school athlete as both a McDonald's All-American and a Parade All-American.

College career[edit]

Abdelnaby played at Duke University from 1986 to 1990, where he was a Third-Team All-ACC selection as a senior.

Abdelnaby commented on Duke University's academic requirements: "The only way I can make five A's is when I sign my name."[4]

Professional career[edit]

Abdelnaby was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association with the 25th pick of the 1990 NBA Draft, and he spent five years in the league, playing for Portland as well as the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Sacramento Kings. He was signed by the Golden State Warriors but he never played for that franchise.

After leaving the NBA, Abdelnaby played for the Papagou BC (Greece) (1995–1996), the Omaha Racers (CBA) (1996–1997), Olympique Antibes (France) (1997–1998), and the Idaho Stampede (CBA) (1999–2000).

Transactions[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1990–91 Portland 43 0 6.7 .474 .000 .568 2.1 .3 .1 .3 3.1
1991–92 Portland 71 1 13.2 .493 .000 .752 3.7 .4 .4 .2 6.1
1992–93 Milwaukee 12 0 13.3 .464 .000 .750 3.1 .8 .2 .3 5.3
1992–93 Boston 63 52 18.3 .525 .000 .760 4.8 .3 .3 .4 8.2
1993–94 Boston 13 0 12.2 .436 .000 .640 3.5 .2 .2 .2 4.9
1994–95 Sacramento 51 0 9.3 .532 .000 .571 2.1 .3 .3 .2 5.0
1994–95 Philadelphia 3 0 10.0 .091 .000 .000 2.7 .0 .0 .0 .7
Career 256 53 12.5 .502 .000 .701 3.3 .3 .3 .2 5.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1990–91 Portland 5 0 2.6 .333 .000 .000 .6 .0 .0 .0 .8
1991–92 Portland 8 0 3.1 .500 .000 .500 .5 .3 .0 .0 1.5
1992–93 Boston 4 4 17.0 .458 .000 .000 3.3 .3 .0 .3 5.5
Career 17 4 6.2 .450 .000 .500 1.2 .2 .0 .1 2.2

Broadcasting career[edit]

Abdelnaby began broadcasting NBA games in Arabic in 1995 with Orbit Satellite Television and later worked for other Arabic channels.

Abdelnaby currently serves as the color analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers, working alongside play-by-play commentator Marc Zumoff (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia). He is also a CBS Sports Network college basketball in-studio analyst and provides color commentary for on-site NCAA basketball games. Additionally, Abdelnaby does color commentary for Westwood One Radio.

Personal life[edit]

Abdelnaby and his wife, Celeste (née Barnette), also a Duke University graduate, reside in New Jersey and California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Who, Whom and Whoop in the N.C.A.A. Championship
  2. ^ Blackistone, Kevin (February 12, 2011). "From the Court to Cairo: Alaa Abdelnaby Celebrates for Egypt". SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Bonk, Thomas. "NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Duke's Abdelnaby Is Driven Blue Devils", Los Angeles Times, 30 March 1990. Accessed August 11, 2008. "Playing for Coach Paul Palek at Bloomfield High School, [Alaa Abdelnaby] yearned for a chance at the NBA. Palek, now assistant principal at Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey, thought the sky was the limit for Abdelnaby."
  4. ^ Alaa Abdelnaby, dukeupdate.com

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