The Washington coach and the team's players compliment Danny Avdia after the victory in San Antonio (@washwizardsil)
Danny Avdia maintains an impressive stability in recent times, and it seems that unlike in the past, his confidence is much less vulnerable.
Tonight (between Saturday and Sunday) Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. decided to return Avdia to the bench in the game against Indiana, but it did not affect his confidence and ability.
Avdia finished the last game against Charlotte with 20 points and 13 rebounds and on his face there was no apparent reason to take him out of the top five (as long as the injured Kyle Kuzma continues to be absent), but Anseld Jr. still preferred Corey Kiesfert over him.
But as mentioned, this does not affect the "new" Avdia, and he also finished tonight's game with good numbers: 16 points including 7 of 8 from the field, 1 of 2 from three and 1 of 2 from the free throw, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, A block and also two turnovers, all while getting 30 minutes again, and showing solid ability in defense as well.
Avdia's impressive numbers since the trade
Indiana helped Avdia look like Luka Doncic for one night
Avdia continues to display improved offensive abilities, and continues to finish his penetrations at high percentages.
General manager Tommy Shepherd is very impressed.
"His defense has remained strong, his offensive confidence is increasing, and now he has more freedom to initiate moves," Shepherd told NBC.
"He can continue playing without fear of making mistakes."
"Since the trade, he just looks like a different player. Much more stable, and much more mature. It's harder to undermine him, and on the floor he finishes much better. He's become an impressive finisher. He's really improved," commented after the game on the "Locked On Wizards" podcast .
After a particularly uncharacteristic move by Avdia, in which he dribbled over three guards and scored from half-distance in the last second of the 24-hour clock, commentator and former player Drew Goden was enthusiastic.
"Okay Danny, show us what else you know how to do," called Goden - and Avdia hopes to continue to respond to the challenge.