Deni Avdija
20-Year-Old ForwardF
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.

Bucket short of double-double
FWashington Wizards
February 14, 2021
Avdija scored eight points (2-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 10 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 104-91 win over the Celtics.
The rookie tied his season high in boards, but Avdija continues to struggle with his offensive game. Since moving to the second unit four games ago, the 20-year-old is averaging 7.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 threes while shooting just 29.4 percent (10-for-34) from the floor.
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Transaction History
  • December 1, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $9.16 million contract with the Wizards.
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Exits starting five
FWashington Wizards
February 8, 2021
Avdija will come off the bench Monday against the Bulls, freelance NBA reporter Quinton Mayo reports.
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Limited production against Hornets
FWashington Wizards
February 7, 2021
Avdija logged four points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists over 15 minutes in Sunday's 119-97 loss to Charlotte.
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Drills three treys in win
FWashington Wizards
February 3, 2021
Avdija recorded 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds and a steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Heat.
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Meager production in limited run
FWashington Wizards
February 1, 2021
Avdija (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) played 16 minutes in his return to the lineup Sunday in the Wizards' 149-146 win over the Nets, scoring two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and adding two rebounds.
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Starting Sunday
FWashington Wizards
January 31, 2021
Avdija will start Sunday's game against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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