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Danny Avdia is not wasting time, and is using the All-Star break to continue working and perfecting his skills.
Avdia is staying in Miami during the league break, working closely with Wizards development coach Joe Ajika, as well as personal development coach Drew Hanlen.
Hanlan, who accompanied Avdia for a period of time in the summer as well and worked with him specifically on outside shooting, is considered one of the top players in his field in the NBA, and Avdia hopes that staying with Hanlan will give him back some of the confidence he lost in shooting outside the arc.
So far, Avdia has actually dropped his shooting percentage from three compared to last season, and is only 29% accurate from outside the arc.
The aspect in which he has improved significantly this season, is precisely his penetration to the basket.
Either way, in Washington coach Wes Anseld Jr. is being urged to keep pushing Avdia forward.
"Danny looks like the key player who can free Washington," wrote the "Wiz Of Awes" blog.
"Abadiah was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Roy Hachimura trade, it allowed him to get more minutes and he started to take advantage of the opportunity. His defense has improved significantly since he joined the NBA, but the Wizards needed to see what he really has beyond that."
There is never a dull moment.
Avdia (Photo: GettyImages, David Berding)
In the last games before the break, after the return of Kyle Kuzma, the trend of him and Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis taking over the offense continued.
Other players like Avdia, have crumbs left.
"Washington's Big Three is back, and when the three are healthy Avdia will be relegated to a more marginal role. Washington would do well to avoid this approach, and give him more opportunities to improve as a player, both for this season and for the future," added the blog in question.
"He has the tools and the motivation to improve. This is only his third year in the NBA and there is a lot of room for improvement, but the Wizards must realize this and give him the stage to flourish."