Avdija is “putting aside the IDF olive drab” in favor of Washington Wizards red and blue

Deni Avdija is ‘the greatest talent in Israeli basketball history.’ But is he ready for the NBA?
by Steve Hendrix
November 30, 2020

In the empty arena of this basketball-crazy city, Deni Avdija — swish — is saying goodbye — swish — to his home court. Swish, swish, swish. Three days before flying with his mother and manager to his new life in Washington, the Wizards’ 19-year-old first-round draft pick is bidding farewell to the floor that made him famous by draining one three-pointer after another. Five hundred of them. “Five hundred makes, not tries,” Avdija clarifies Tuesday morning after reeling off 15 perfect splashes in a row. The rare clang of a miscue echoes through silent, 10,000-seat Menora Arena, the seat of Israeli professional basketball and the place where the 6-foot-9 small forward has already played three professional seasons. READ MORE 

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