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Abdel Nader ‘surprised’ to be drafted by Celtics
The Iowa State graduate was selected with the 58th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.0 rebounds for a very talented Iowa State team.
“It gets to the last couple of picks and you’re thinking it’s over. Then you hear your name and it’s relieving,” Nader said to the Celtics media.
“I knew they had a high interest, but I didn’t know if they were going to call my name, so it was definitely a surprise.
“Coach Stevens talks about how he wants a lot of versatile players here,” added Nader. “I can play multiple perimeter positions, I can guard multiple perimeter positions and can even defend some bigs.”
Nader reveals that it was his versatility and ability to play and guard multiple positions that ultimately led the Celtics to select him in the draft. The Egyptian will now have a chance to prove himself to the Celtics in the NBA Summer League.
Nader has a real chance to stick with the Celtics, as they are in rebuilding mode and are attempting to stock their franchise with young, athletic talent.
After being picked, sports analysts praised the young guard. “He’s a guy that can finish plays,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas reported.