Updated as of 11/21/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2020 rankings were finalized on 11/17/20.
Professional Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv
Classification: International ’01
2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 5
Projected Draft Range: Top 5
2020 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 9 by the Washington Wizards
Decent scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Very good playmaker
Fairly good rebounder
Decent defensive player
Good shot blocker for his size
Above average athlete
Smart player that has a good feel for the game
Versatile player that can play multiple positions
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
May have a fairly slow release
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Can be undisciplined defensively
Deni Avdija is a smart, skilled basketball player that can help his team in a variety of ways. He is a cerebral facilitator that tends to make sound reads and plays on offense, and he also can run the point when called upon to do so. He also tends to take smart shots in games, and he can knock down plenty of jumpers when given the time and space to do so, and he is a competitive player that will go for rebounds and will get after it defensively. This season, he also did a decent job of blocking shots, and he is also a solid position defender.
On the other hand, he is a good, but not a great athlete, and there are some minor concerns if he can shoot well at the next level, as he struggled to make his free throws this season. Still, he is a very talented prospect whose skill set could allow him to thrive in the NBA, and Avdija could end up being a top 5 pick in the 2020 draft.
12/9/2018 Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Ironi Nes Ziona
12/8/19 Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. Hapoel Holon
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