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Now it's pretty clear: Danny Avdia has flourished since the trade that sent Roy Hachimura to the Lakers, and looks like a completely different player than the one whose minutes and influence dwindled in the period before that.
Tonight (between Saturday and Sunday) he almost completed a third consecutive game with a double-double, when he finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds in a 103:113 victory over New Orleans outside.
It was the Wizards' fifth straight win, and Avdia seemed to be improving alongside the team.
In the three games since the Hachimura trade, Avdia is averaging 14 points, nearly 10 rebounds and 2.5 steals, and his minutes are increasing accordingly.
Tonight, along with minutes of good defense on Brandon Ingram, he also looked firm and aggressive on the offensive side.
"His contribution to the victory was great," coach Wes Anseld Jr. praised him at the end.
"His aggressiveness when he attacks the basket, plays with power. The important thing for him is to be decisive and he's been doing that lately with better decisions. Playing with more aggressiveness. It's good for him and us."
Added a new weapon.
Avdia Khoder (Photo: GettyImages, Chris Graythen)
The commentators also compliment Abdia.
Drew Gooden's former player, the home commentator of the Wizards, said during the broadcast that "Danny looks completely different, he is growing up before our eyes", and the reporter Zack Rosen noted: "Danny Avdia is going free".
What stands out especially in Avdia's recent games is the aggressive penetration to the basket and the strong finishes, a refreshing change compared to other periods where even when he was able to initiate moves, he had difficulty finishing them with a ball in the ring.
"Danny is starting to finish penetrations with contact regularly. If his shot from three starts going in...you better watch out," wrote blogger Kevin Broome.
In the "Wizards In The District" podcast, we noted that "this is the Danny Avdia that Washington envisioned when they drafted him. He plays like a monster."
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NBC commentator Megan McPeek added: "Tommy Shepard (Wizards general manager) explained that the trade for Hachimura was to allow Danny more minutes and more responsibility, and it seems to be working. Danny has looked just great in recent games, he got The shot of confidence he needed."
She has only one request: "The next thing he needs to improve is his conduct on the field. He talks to the referees too much, and lets his emotions get the better of him. It's true that it's frustrating that you don't get whistled for fouls as much as you think, even when you make contact, but I think That he should think about it less, deal with it less. Just move on."