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Phoenix Suns | #11 | Forward

Abdel

Nader

PPG

6.7

RPG

2.6

APG

0.8

PIE

9.2

6'5" | 225lb | 27 years

Player Bio

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Over the first 32 games of the season, logged a total of 44 minutes of action (fewest on the team as no other player had less than 100) and averaged 1.1 points per contest, but then produced a stretch of 14 games in which he averaged 6.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 14.7 minutes, shooting 50.7 percent from the floor, a team-leading 48.3 percent from three-point range and scoring in double figures five times. On 1/12 vs. San Antonio, went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and drained his only three-point attempt to tally 15 points, making him just the sixth reserve in Thunder history to shoot as well in a game (Ibaka, Jackson, Kanter, Livingston, Telfair). On 3/3 vs. Memphis, drained three shots from beyond the arc to tally 15 points, two rebounds and two steals. On 2/5 vs. Orlando, scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, grabbing two steals. On 1/21 at New York, registered 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, going 6-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from long range. On 1/10 at San Antonio, went a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor to tally nine points and three rebounds. On 1/6 vs. Washington, scored nine points on 4-for-7 shooting. On 1/2 at LA Lakers, went 4-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc to register 10 points and four rebounds. On 12/31 vs. Dallas, recorded 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG) and three rebounds. On 12/28 at Phoenix, logged a careerhigh 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds. Scored in double digits eight times. Inactive for two games. Tallied 18 DNP – Coach’s Decision. Missed one game with an illness.

BEFORE NBA

2015-16 (Senior): Played in 35 games (all starts) and increased his scoring from 5.8 points as a junior to 12.9 as a senior, earning All-Big 12 honorable mention accolades. Shot a career-best 48.7 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three-point range. Topped 1,000 collegiate career points in ISU’s win against Kansas. Was in double figures 22 times, including seven games with 20-plus points. Hit the gamewinning three with 11 seconds left in the Cyclones’ win at Cincinnati. Scored a season-high and career-hightying 26 points at Baylor, the first of three consecutive games with 23 or more points (TCU, at West Virginia). Had five three-pointers in each of those three games. Scored 20 points, making 10-of-12 free throws, as ISU defeated Oklahoma for the school’s second-ever win against a No. 1 team. Finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds at Texas. Had 19 points on Senior Night against Oklahoma State. Tallied 19 points in Iowa State’s NCAA Tournament first round win against Iona. 2014-15 (Junior): Saw action in 32 games, averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per contest. Was tied for second on the team with 16 blocked shots. Hit 6-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 behind the arc to score 19 points in Iowa State’s win at Iowa and also grabbed six boards and had two blocks and two steals. Matched his season high with 19 points at West Virginia. Tallied 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting against Kansas in the Big 12 title game. Scored 11 points and had six rebounds at home against Kansas State. Scored seven consecutive points in a key second-half run against the Wildcats and blocked a fastbreak layup with 2:48 left that would have given the Wildcats the lead. 2013-14 (Redshirt): Sat out season after transferring from Northwestern Illinois. 2012-13 (Sophomore): Preseason All-MAC West selection. Appeared in 19 games (18 starts), averaging a teamleading 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Shot 77.2 percent from the free-throw line (44-57). Scored in double figures 13 times, including three games with 20-plus points. Posted 23 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range vs. Central Michigan (8-12 FG). Tied a career high with 26 points vs. Kent State. Tallied two double-doubles. Named MAC West Player of the Week on 2/4 after averaging 22.5 points and 11.0 rebounds during the week. 2011-12 (Freshman): Earned MAC All-Freshman Team honors, appearing in all 31 games (29 starts) and averaging a team-best 10.4 points, 25th-best in the MAC and third among MAC freshmen, and 4.2 rebounds, second-best among MAC freshmen, while playing 24.2 minutes per game. Averaged 11.5 points per game during conference play. Recorded a teamhigh 22 blocked shots, the best among conference freshmen, and 21 steals. Made his first collegiate start in the season opener at Purdue, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds. Scored in double figures in 17 games, including three games of 20-plus points. Had a season-best 26 points against Ball State. Recorded 24 points at Central Michigan. Grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds against Bowling Green. Had a season-high four blocks against Ball State.

PERSONAL LIFE

Born in Alexandria, Egypt and moved to the United States with his family when he was three years old. Favorite sports team outside of basketball is Juventus F.C. Lists “Game of Thrones” as his favorite TV show and “Gladiator” as his favorite movie. Enjoys playing video games and listening to Dirty Shoes by Young Thug. Says his favorite music artist is Jay Z and favorite actor is Denzel Washington. If he wasn’t playing basketball, he would play soccer. Likes to build things by hand in his spare time. The best moment in his career was being traded to Oklahoma City. His favorite community service event was opening a new music area at an elementary school in Boston.