Celtics sign G League Rookie of the Year Abdel Nader

Celtics sign G League Rookie of the Year Abdel Nader
Boston Celtics forward Abdel Nader (51) goes to the basket as Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) and Philadelphia 76ers center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) defend during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Boston Celtics press release

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics announced Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) that they have signed rookie forward Abdel Nader. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Nader, the reigning 2016-17 NBA G League Rookie of the Year, averaged a team-high 21.3 points (44.7% FG, 34.9% 3-PT, 79.4% FT), 6.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.00 steal, 0.83 blocked shots and 33.5 minutes over 40 games with the Maine Red Claws in his first professional season. The 23-year-old was originally selected by Boston in the second round (58th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Nader (6’6”, 230 lbs.) became the first internationally-born player to be named Rookie of the Year in the G League. The 2016-17 G League All-Star scored at least 30 points in five contests, including a 32-point, 10-rebound, 8-assist game against the Long Island Nets on Jan. 6.

The Celtics also announced that they have waived guard Demetrius Jackson.

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