Deni Avdija
20-Year-Old ForwardF
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Injury Ankle
Est. Return 8/31/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Avdija has sneaky upside that could eventually make him an impactful scorer in the league. The forward can put the ball on the ground and attack the rim with force while also playing the pick-and-roll game and knocking down a three. Avdija averaged 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 33.3 percent from three in Europe. To begin the 2020-21 campaign, Avdija could find himself in the starting lineup at small forward, though he'll have to beat out Troy Brown and Isaac Bonga in training camp. Still, Avdija likely needs more time to develop into a legitimate impact player, so he projects as a bit of a flier in deeper leagues for the time being. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.16 million contract with the Wizards in December of 2020. Contract includes $4.92 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Avdija was born Jan. 3, 2001 in Beit Zera, Israel. His father, Zufer, was a professional basketball player. His mother, Sharon, was also a basketball player, plus a track and field athlete. Avdija holds dual citizenship between Israel and Sebia -- his father is a Serbian citizen. Avdija originally played soccer, but focused on basketball in the fourth grade. From 2017 to 2019, Avdija led the Maccabi Tel Aviv hoops squad to three consecutive Israeli youth state championships. In August 2018 in Belgrade, he participated in Basketball Without Borders Europe, where he earned camp MVP honors. After three seasons on Israel's junior national team, Avdija joined the senior team in February of 2019. When Avdija turned 18, he received a deferment from mandatory military service in Israel due to his basketball career. However, he was drafted into a short service program in April of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic suspending basketball.

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Avdija began his professional career in Israel with Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv in 2017-18, though appeared in just three games that season. The following year, he fluctuated between the main club and the Junior Team, averaging 6.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 12.5 minutes. That season (2018-19), he was voted to the Munich Tournament (ANGT) All-Tournament Team and the NIJT All-Tournament Team. Avdija's role expanded the following season, as he started 26 of 59 appearances, averaging 9.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.7 minutes. As a result of his excellent play, he was given the Israeli BSL MVP. Avdija's best performance that season was June 21 in a win over Maccabi Ashdod, where he recorded 23 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

Gets shots up
FWashington Wizards
Ankle
July 21, 2021
Avdija (ankle) has resumed some light running and jumpshooting, freelance NBA reporter Quinton Mayo reports.
ANALYSIS
Avdija suffered a right fibular hairline fracture in April, cutting short his rookie year. However, he's made tangible progress since then. Avdija appeared in 54 games, averaging averaged 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists. It seems like he'll be ready for training camp, and he could see an increased role in 2021-22.
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2020

Avdija's rookie season was a success, after coming into the league as the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The forward started in 32 of the 54 games he played in and averaged 23.3 minutes. Avdija fit in well with the Wizards team as a much-needed three-point shooting threat and an exceptional rebounder. The 20-year-old finished the year with an average of 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.6 steals. The Israel product hit 41.7 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc. One of Avdija's most impressive games came against the Heat on Jan. 9, where the forward recorded a season-high 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals while making 5-of-9 from deep. Another exceptional performance came on April 5 against the Raptors, as Avdija logged his second double-double of the season, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a block in 40 minutes of action. The 6-foot-9 forward finished the year with 13 double-digit performances and 27 games with at least five rebounds. On the defensive end, Avdija managed to grab 30 steals and 15 blocks on the year. The rookie showcased his potential as an intense defensive rebounder for the Wizards as he finished third on the team with 4.4 defensive rebounds per game.

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Transaction History
  • December 1, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $9.16 million contract with the Wizards.
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Sheds walking boot
FWashington Wizards
Ankle
June 15, 2021
Avdija (ankle) provided an update on his injury recovery in a recent episode of the "Off The Bench" podcast, saying that he has shed his walking boot as he continues rehab.
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No surgery required
FWashington Wizards
Ankle
April 22, 2021
Avdija (ankle) is expected to make a full recovery in 12 weeks after he suffered a right fibular hairline fracture, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Out with hairline fracture
FWashington Wizards
Ankle
April 21, 2021
Avdija was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right ankle after leaving Wednesday's game against the Warriors and is expected to miss the rest of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Suffers ugly injury
FWashington Wizards
Ankle
April 21, 2021
Avdija was helped off the court in a wheelchair after suffering a right ankle injury Wednesday against Golden State, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
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Drops 16 points in win
FWashington Wizards
April 7, 2021
Avdija went for 16 points (6-10 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five rebounds and two assists across 30 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Magic.
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