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2020 NBA Draft: Wizards select Deni Avdija No. 9 overall

The Washington Wizards have selected the Maccabi Tel Aviv forward with their first round pick.

2020 NBA Draft
Deni Avdija is the next first round pick for the Washington Wizards!
Photo by Courtesy of Deni Avdija/NBAE via Getty Images

On Wednesday, the Washington Wizards selected Deni Avdija No. 9 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Avdija played most recently for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Liga HaAL (The Premier League) and the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, where he averaged 12.9 points per game in the 2019-20 season in domestic competition and 4 points per game in EuroLeague play where he played fewer minutes by design.

As a 19 year old rookie, Avdija is already very accomplished on the international stage. He already led his native Israel to the 2019 FIBA U20 European Championship tand was named the MVP. You can expect him to be a force for the Israeli senior team in European play for years to come in EuroBasket and beyond while playing on the international stage.

If you haven’t seen him play, here are some highlights.

I’m happy with this pick by the Wizards. While Avdija isn’t the “brand name” player with a college resume, making a big impact as a teenager in a major professional basketball league is promising for sure.

Welcome to D.C. Deni!