The Washington coach and the team's players compliment Danny Avdia after the victory in San Antonio (@washwizardsil)
In Washington, they continue to analyze the increase in minutes and output of Danny Avdia since the trade that sent Roy Hachimura to the Lakers.
Hachimura immediately bolted into the Lakers' top five and is posting good numbers, but the Wizards are convinced that the goal behind the move has been achieved, especially as long as the Israeli forward shows improved ability.
"Roy was a very effective player and came off the bench great, but Porzingis moved to play quite a few minutes at the 4 position, and it hurt Roy, Danny, even Kuzma," Wizards coach Wes Anseld Jr. said tonight.
"We had to free up some minutes in this position, and Danny benefits a lot from that. Sometimes things only happen after there is a certain shift in the team. We made a small change in the trade, and it opened something up for Danny. It will help us a lot in the long run."
The numbers are impressive - and should remain so.
Avdia (Photo: Reuters)
Avdia is averaging 16.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.8 steals in the four games since Hachimura left, helping the Wizards, who are riding a six-game winning streak, continue their momentum.
According to Anseld Jr., much of the credit for that should go to Kristaps Porzingis.
"Porzingis is very helpful for Danny's development," says the coach.
"He's a veteran-young player, it seems like he came to the NBA ages ago, because he's been through several teams, seen a lot of things and gained a lot of experience that he can share with others. Not all players want or like to do that, but he accompanies Danny closely and helps him not only on the field, but also in everything related to conduct outside of it."
From here, the coach claims, Avdia should continue his upward trend.
"I hope he maintains the numbers he's putting up in the last few games. There's no reason for them to go down, because from here they just have to go up. In the last few games, he plays the way we demand of him, with the attitude we're looking for. He penetrates the basket hard, squeezes out fouls, gets to the line, finishes Better in the paint. There are several reasons for the improvement he's been showing lately, but you can see that he has a different level of confidence when he steps on the court. So I can only hope that his stats continue to be impressive, but first and foremost I expect his attitude to remain the same."
Anseld Jr. says Abedia "has full license to lead the ball after he takes rebounds. In that sense, he is very similar to Kyle Kuzma. They both know how to take rebounds and lead the ball, and that's something we preach to him from the first day of training camp: every player in positions 1-4 With us, is able to push the ball forward. Danny is able to play as a playmaker, he knows how to initiate moves in the pick and roll, and I think recently he hasn't been given the opportunity to show that enough. We made a trade, we put a few more little things in our rotation, and that allows him to do that ".
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Anseld Jr. with Avdia (Photo: Reuters)
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