Deni Avdija is an Israeli-Serbian professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. He made his professional debut for Maccabi Tel Aviv in November 2017. He has won two gold medals for Israel at the youth level. In 2020 he declared for the NBA draft, joining the Washingtonizards.
About Deni Avdija in brief
Deni Avdija is an Israeli-Serbian professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. He is the son of former Yugoslavian basketball player Zufer Avdija. He made his professional debut for Maccabi Tel Aviv in November 2017. In January 2020, he was named Israeli Player of the Month in the Israeli League. He has won two gold medals for Israel at the youth level, including at the 2019 FIBA U20 European Championship, where he wasnamed tournament MVP. In 2020 he declared for the NBA draft, joining the Washingtonizards. He also plays for the Israeli senior national team. He was born on kibbutz Beit Zera, Israel. His father played for the Yugoslavian national team prior to moving to Israel and playing for those teams. He played association football until he entered fourth grade, when he began focusing on basketball. In 2013, he joined the youth ranks of the club and excelled as a youth player.
He debuted for their senior team in 2017, at age 16, becoming the youngest in club history. Two years later, he became the youngest player to ever win theIsraeli League Most Valuable Player award and led his team to the Israeli league championship. In April 2020, AvdIJa was suspended for about three months due to the CO-19 pandemic. He returned to action on June 21, recording five points, seven rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes in a 114–82 win over Ashdod. On July 28, he scored 22 points, including 10 points in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 10 rebounds in an 83–68 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv. In October 2019, at the age of 18, he made his first start in the EuroLeague, recording six points and three rebounds in 16 minutes against Valencia. He scored two points in three minutes of playing time in a 74–70 loss to Fenerbahçe.