The Washington coach and the team's players compliment Danny Avdia after the victory in San Antonio (@washwizardsil)
Danny Avdia is flourishing, and feels that the improved numbers he has been putting up lately are here to stay.
After the 104:118 victory tonight (between Wednesday and Thursday) over Charlotte in which he scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, the Israeli explains what makes him at his best, and sets new goals for himself.
"Defense and rebounds are my bread and butter, and I like to push the ball forward after I take rebounds. Lately I've also been more aggressive in going to the basket, and when I combine these three elements, it's excellent," Abdia said.
"I still have a lot to strive for and a lot to improve, but I'm enjoying focusing on defense and rebounds right now, and hope to develop even more."
When Avdia was asked in which elements he feels improvement, he replied: "Aggressiveness, stability, shooting. I throw with more confidence. I still need to improve my penetration, and know how to react when the possibility of going to the right is closed to me. Make more changes of direction. I'm trying to improve In everything, I want to score shots with a higher degree of difficulty, this will help my next developmental stage as a player."
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Avdia (Photo: Reuters)
Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. was asked at the end about the possibility of Avdia reaching double-doubles regularly, after already recording 8 games this season with a double-digit number of points and rebounds.
"I hope so. It shouldn't be said that he will reach that average, but he has the potential," Anseld Jr. said.
"He showed it with great days offensively and rebounding. Will play the right way, guard well, with the size and ability to clear the board he will achieve more and more."
When Avdia was asked about it, he said: "I think I have the potential to be a regular double-double player. To be honest, I believe I can reach triple-doubles, maybe not every game but often. The team needs my help with rebounds, And I think it's a serious advantage that a player like me comes from the back line and helps so much in this area. I'm happy that I have the potential, and hope to maintain stability."
Avdia greatly enjoys the collaboration with Kristaps Porzingis, who has become his close friend in recent times, and is considered his "mentor".
"Danny was great, he was everywhere," complimented Porzingis, who scored 36 points.
"He contributed a lot in rebounds, and his shooting came in. I told him before the game, 'We need Danny Turbo tonight,' and he played really well, so it's really fun."
Porzingis says of Avdia that "he works very hard, the hardest there is, and he is a good guy. I know how much he wants it, and every time he experiences difficulties, I try to stand by him and understand his heart, because it happens to every young player. I try to leave His confidence is as high as possible, to make him continue to work hard."