One of the best forwards and international players in this year's class has now officially declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Deni Avdija, a 6-foot-9 slasher from Israel, made his intentions known on Thursday morning's episode of ESPN's 'Get Up.' In an article on ESPN's website, draft analyst Jonathan Givony said, "Avdija has long been considered the top international prospect in his age group."
Avdija is listed as the fifth-best prospect by ESPN, third by Sports Illustrated and 14th by the Ringer. In NBC Sports Washington's mock draft he is selected seventh to the Chicago Bulls. He is tall and mobile with a knack for play-making off the dribble. His weaknesses include outside shooting and a lack of production in the EuroLeague.
Avdija averaged only 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from three for the EuroLeague's Maccabi Tel Aviv. The EuroLeague is the second-best basketball league in the world and has become a solid predictor for NBA success.
Avdija, though, is only 19 years old and just scratching the surface of his potential. Whichever team picks him may need to show some patience in his development.
From a positional perspective, he would fit nicely with the Wizards who have some long-term uncertainty at the wing position. But in Avdija, they likely wouldn't get a player who could help them right away. Though general manager Tommy Sheppard said the team may be in position to take the longview with their first round pick this summer, they are likely to have some level of urgency with John Wall back from injury next season and Bradley Beal yearning to win.
This draft, however, is deeper at guard than anywhere else. For a team like the Wizards who already have an accomplished backcourt, Avdija could present one of the best options in terms of fit.
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2020 NBA Draft: Deni Avdija , one of top international prospects, declares originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington