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Deni Avdija Draft Profile

Deni Avdija – F – Maccabi Tel Aviv

Pros:

  • Awesome playmaker with serious point-forward potential
  • Crafty handle but doesn’t have an elite one yet; knows how to change speeds and direction with the ball really well
  • Good finisher around the rim; not afraid of contact and uses both hands very nicely
  • Great defensive fundamentals and IQ despite not having a ton of athleticism nor length
  • Developing three-point shooter with a solid stroke and base
  • Unique post-up game; I don’t think this will translate to the pros but it’s an intriguing part of his game nonetheless
  • Terrific work ethic and seems to be a great leader on the court

Cons:

  • Really poor FT% (very indicative of future shooting percentages); I think he’ll be the one to break the trend but it’s something to keep an eye on
  • Very inconsistent from three despite the improvements he’s made
  • Lack of strength and lateral quickness makes him easy to blow by or bully him in the post
  • Doesn’t seem like he could be anything more than a slight plus on defense no matter how hard he works on that end

Prospect Overview

Deni Avdija has a great amount of potential. As a 6’9 forward, Avdija has great vision and projects to be a terrific playmaker at the next level. He operates well out of the PNR and does a good job at finding guys inside and on the perimeter. His handle isn’t super sharp yet but he’s crafty and he doesn’t turn the ball over too often. His jumpshot will determine his success in the NBA. His FT% is extremely concerning but if there’s one guy that I truly think can overcome those struggles and become a great shooter, it’s him. Defensively, I just can’t see him being that great no matter what he does. It’s not his fault, as he’s got great fundamentals and he plays hard on that end. But his lack of athleticism, length, and lateral quickness isn’t a recipe for success. Effort can go a long way but I doubt he ever becomes more than a solid defender. However, Avdija’s point forward potential and scoring ability has to excite you and when you combine that with his high motor, great work ethic, and natural leadership ability, you’ve got a potential franchise player. 

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