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Alaa Abdelnaby

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Nationality  American / Egyptian
Pro career  1990–2000
Weight  109 kg
Name  Alaa Abdelnaby
Career start  1990
Listed weight  240 lb (109 kg)
Role  Basketball player
Career end  1995
College  Duke (1986–1990)
Height  2.08 m

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Born  June 24, 1968 (age 47) Alexandria, Egypt (1968-06-24)
NBA draft  1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Education  Bloomfield High School, Duke University
Similar People  Christian Laettner, Acie Earl, Cherokee Parks, Mahmoud Abdul‑Rauf, Danny Ainge

Listed height  6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)

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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 CSN Philadelphia, CBS Sports Network, and Westwood One Radio.


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Early life

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

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

College career

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

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

Professional career

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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.

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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).


  • 1990, June 27 – First round, 25th pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1990 NBA Draft
  • 1992, July 1 – Traded for Milwaukee Bucks' rights to Tracy Murray
  • 1992, December 4 – Traded for Boston Celtics' rights to Jon Barry
  • 1994, July 26 – Free agent, signed by the Sacramento Kings
  • 1995, March 21 – Released by the Sacramento Kings
  • 1995, March 24 – Free agent, signed by the Philadelphia 76ers to a 10-day contract
  • 1995, April 3 – Re-signed by the Philadelphia 76ers to a second 10-day contract
  • 1995, April 12 – Released by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1995, October 6 – Free agent, signed by the Golden State Warriors to a one-year contract
  • 1995, October 18 – Released by the Golden State Warriors
  • Broadcasting career

    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

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


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