A native of Cairo, Egypt, the 6 ft 10, 240 pound Alaa Abdelnaby was a star at Duke University from 1988-90. A first round 1990 NBA draft selection by Portland, the big forward/center was used mostly as a backup player in his rookie NBA season, 1990-91. When the Trail Blazers posted the best record in the entire NBA, 63-19, he played in 5 of Portland’s postseason playoffs – scoring 4 points in a total of 13 minutes on the hard floor.
The next year, 1991-92, Alaa Abdelnaby got more playing time, 71 games, 934 minutes, scored 432 points, on 178 field goals in 361 FGA, made 25 free throws in 44 FTA, and pulled in 89 rebounds. Playing for Boston in 1992-93, he became the Celtics starting forward, in 1152 minutes of game time he posted career-highs of 514 points, hitting on 219 FG in 417 FG attempts, a solid .525 percentage, had 76 FT, 100 FTA and 300 rebounds.