Danny Avdia in a shooting competition at Washington practice (from Twitter)
Danny Avdia tonight (between Monday and Tuesday) provided a new career record in the best basketball league in the world, with 25 points in the victory of the fiery Washington over San Antonio.
On the occasion of the great performance, we decided to try and rank his ten best games in the NBA.
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Avdia (Photo: Reuters)
10. 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks against Minnesota (4/5/2022)
In the twilight of last season, when the Wizards already realized that they would not be able to qualify for the playoffs, Avdia came off the bench, got 36 minutes and scored 7 of 15 from the field and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc - further evidence of the confidence that began to build towards the end of 2021/22.
"I believe in my shooting and work extra hard on it," Avdia said at the end, "The first thing I do after landing in any city we land in is go shoot. I'll keep shooting when I'm free," he said.
It ended in a 114:132 victory.
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9. 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals against Dallas (1/24/2023)
A day after the trade that sent Roy Hachimura, Avdia showed why Washington has so much faith in him, when he got 32 minutes off the bench and was a very important part of the surprising 126:127 win over the Mavericks.
"One of the big reasons for the trade was to free up minutes for Danny," said general manager Tommy Shepherd.
"Defensively, I think we need him on the floor. He has also become a good secondary playmaker and he is only 22 years old, he has a bright future. When minutes are taken away from him, it is difficult."
8. 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists against the Lakers (3/19/2022)
The nice performance helped the Wizards break a streak of six losses, with Avdia getting 31 minutes from the bench and Haifa for bad percentages from the field (4 of 14) with 6 of 6 from the line, and most importantly - a victory over LeBron James and his friends, including a huge clutch three-pointer.
"I got a little excited when the hall went wild," he said after the game.
"I wanted to score those big shots and I missed badly. It happens, but I know that when the game is on the line and you have to be cool, take deep breaths. I believe in my shooting. I've always known how to score. Sometimes it's bad and sometimes it's better. I just believe in my game ".
At the end, he said that his former Wizards teammate Russell Westbrook approached him and said, "I'm going to kill you if you don't play like this every game. I know what you're capable of."
7. 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists against Phoenix (12/20/2022)
Avdia started in the top five, got 36 minutes and was one of the main reasons why Washington broke its ten-game losing streak, which more or less set it off on a new path.
"Seeing him on the floor making moves, closing a game is wonderful," coach Anseld said of Avdia.
"It's development and growth. It not only gives him confidence but also his teammates."
6. 12 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists against Miami (11/23/2022)
The Israeli set a career high in minutes (41) and assists (10), and was only one rebound away from the first triple double of his career.
Unfortunately, this impressive performance ended in a 113:105 loss to the Heat.
5. 9 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists against Chicago (11/1/2023)
Who would have believed that the Israeli is capable of putting up such a statistical line?
In doing so, Avdia became the second youngest player in Wizards history (since the merger of the leagues in 1976) to reach 20 or more rebounds in a game.
Above him on the list is a superstar in the form of Chris Webber, who did it in November 1994. Avdia was also one of only three players under 2.06 meters to reach 20 rebounds this season in the NBA.
The previous ones were Luka Doncic and Perches Achiva.
The network was quick to compare him to Dennis Rodman, no less.
This great performance helped the Wizards end a three-game losing streak with a 97:100 win over the Bulls.
4. 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists against Miami (9/1/2021)
The first time Avdia scored 20 or more points was in only his tenth game in the NBA.
He got 31 minutes against the Heat in his rookie season, taking advantage of the absence of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook and leading his team in minutes played.
Unfortunately, it ended in a loss 128:124.
3. 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists against Memphis (11/13/2022)
About two months before the Roy Hachimura trade, Avdia delivered what was his best game of the season, until tonight.
He then started the starting five, shooting 8-of-16 from the field including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, and helped the Wizards beat underdog Memphis 92:102, tying the career record that he would break two and a half months later.
"As everyone knows, I was one point away from a career high," Avdia said at the end. It didn't break my record. But above all, I'm satisfied with the victory, and hope to continue like this."
2. 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists against Detroit (3/25/2022)
Avdia came to that game with a real shooting crisis, but he shook it off - and in a big way.
The Israeli looks more assertive than ever with 7 of 16 from the field, while finishing the first half with 17 points (13 of them in the second quarter alone).
"When the first shot goes in then it's always easier to stay in rhythm and keep it, but I believe in myself and my shooting," said Abdia.
"I just need to be more focused, more patient. Many times I hit difficult shots and miss the easy ones."
It ended in a 97:100 victory over the Pistons.
1. 25 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist against San Antonio (1/31/2023)
How can you not finish with the wonderful performance against the Spurs.
Avdia has received rave reviews and seems to have found the best version of himself - the one playing at ringside.
Evidence of this can be obtained from the great percentages (10 of 12 from the field), and from the words of Kristaps Porzingis at the end of the game: "He understands the game and understands what he is good at, I am so excited for him. His energy is contagious, and every time he is good we are a different team."