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