The Washington coach and the team's players compliment Danny Avdia after the victory in San Antonio (@washwizardsil)
30.7 minutes, 16.3 points, 9.5 rebounds.
These are Danny Avdia's impressive averages in the four games that have passed since the trade that transferred Roy Hachimura to the Lakers, adding playing minutes and confidence to the Israeli forward.
The career high of 25 points he set against San Antonio was further proof that with confidence, Abdia also has ability.
"I'm more aggressive. I use the tools that I have as a basketball player, and that I've built over the years. I feel that I'm learning to use these tools better with each passing day," Avdia said today (Wednesday) in an interview with a local radio station in Washington.
"I have great teammates who support me, and it's a lot thanks to them. I know I have talent, I know I'm capable of doing things on the field, but this year I feel like everyone is happy for me and wants me to do more. As a young player, it's the healthiest atmosphere there can be. You can see how we treat each other on the field, and understand why we look much better this season. There is an excellent connection in the team, which helps us a lot. I hope we keep this chemistry even when we lose. When things are not going well - that's when we will be tested."
Avdia has benefited from the offensive improvement, but continues to emphasize defense.
"I feel like I'm improving in every area, but rebounding and defense have become my bread and butter. Even before I had a good shooting streak, I felt like I was consistently contributing in those two areas. I try to help the team in whatever way I can, and that's all. I don't think too much, Just trying to enjoy the game."
free and happy.
Abdia (Photo: GettyImages, Ronald Cortes)
Avdia admits that the trade that sent Hachimura to the Lakers helped him.
"What happened with Roy happened, I can't change it. Yes, I probably took advantage of it. It opened up more opportunities for me. We lost a very good player, but he left a certain void, and for me it was a big chance. I have to fill This space."
Meanwhile, the United States is discussing the next changes that Washington will make, if any.
According to "The Athletic" reporter Fred Katz, the next significant change in the team will not be in the players' roster, but rather in the management, and perhaps even higher than that - the owners will be replaced.
He said that once the Wizards traded Hachimura, they gave up their only asset that is in real demand around the league when it comes to trade talks.
"Washington was effectively left with no bargaining chips. As far as I know, the demand Danny has in the league is quite limited at the moment. His offensive abilities are indeed starting to develop, but they are still not at the level of his defense, and this hurts his market value," Katz said.