Deni Avdija — a potential top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft — had a really good game Monday for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The 19-year-old forward racked up 24 points (8-for-14 overall, 4-for-8 3s), seven rebounds and four assists in a 100-69 win.
Strong game for Deni Avdija today in a win over Holon: 24 PTS, 7 REBS & 4 AST in 31 MIN while shooting 4-of-6 from 2 and 4-of-8 from 3. The potential top-5 pick is now shooting 48% from 3 in 5 games since Israel returned to play. Avdija’s versatility @ 6-9 on full display today. pic.twitter.com/kuD4REaaFL
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) July 6, 2020
The Warriors are guaranteed to end up with a top-five selection, and could target Avdija if they decide to keep the pick.
«They should consider Avdija given his versatility, experience, modern fit and basketball instincts,» ESPN’s Mike Schmitz wrote in mid-June. «A Curry-Thompson-Wiggins-Avdija-Green small-ball lineup could be one of the most dynamic and versatile in the NBA.»
He is «big enough to play power forward but has the ballhandling, creativity and playmaking skill of a point guard,» Schmitz wrote in mid-May. «At his best operating out of pick-and-roll, where he displays excellent timing and vision, allowing him to make every read and pass in the book.
«Aggressive offensive player who is in attack mode every time he steps onto the floor. Loves shooting pull-up 3-pointers in transition. Brings toughness, competitiveness and swagger.»
The Israeli-Serbian prospect is averaging 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in five games since the Israeli Basketball Premier League restarted June 21.
The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for Aug. 25, while the draft is slated for Oct. 16.
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NBA Draft 2020: Watch Warriors’ potential target Deni Avdija dominate originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area