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2023-11-29T10:08:53.957Z

Highlights: Dani Avdija is averaging 2023.24 points per night in 12/1, along with 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The Israeli scores better percentages from the field and from beyond the arc than a host of NBA stars. American journalist Chase Hughes analyzed: "Learn to play according to his strengths" "His ability to get to the ring is one of the keys to the Wizards playing at a higher pace this season," Hughes wrote. "No one on the team is as efficient as he is in transition attacks, with 1.56 points per possesion"


The Israeli scores better percentages from the field and from beyond the arc than a host of NBA stars, in the USA analyzed: "Learn to play according to his strengths"


Dani Avdija practicing three-point shots/From Neil Dalal's Twitter account

Washington may be one of the worst teams in the NBA, but Dani Avdija continues to be one of the few bright spots, with the best season of his career so far. The Israeli, who averaged 6.3 points per game in his rookie season, 8.4 points in his second season and 9.2 points last year, is averaging 2023.24 points per night in 12/1, along with 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, but above all, is doing so with great efficiency.

Shooting has always been Avdía's Achilles' heel. In his rookie season, he shot 41 percent from the field, 43.2 percent in his sophomore season and 43.7 percent in his third, and this season he's averaging 51.9 — 27th in the league, ahead of names like Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyrese Haliburton, Brandon Ingram, Joel Embiid, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakam, Paolo Banchero, Stephen Curry, Lauri Markkanen, Dearon Fox, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and many more.

From beyond the arc, too, Avdija shot 31 percent in his first two seasons and 29 percent last year shooting 39.6 percent this time around, ranking 51st in the league, ahead of scorers like Doncic, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Markkanen, Michael Porter Jr., CJ McCollum, Paul George, Leonard, Donovan Mitchell, and ahead of sharpshooters such as Max Strus, Tim Hardaway Jr., Cameron Johnson, Landry Shamet, Luke Kennard, Klay Thompson and others.

More efficient than ever. Avdía/GettyImages, Patrick Smith

"This is the longest period of Avdía's career when he's shot 50 percent or more from the field," analyzed American journalist Chase Hughes. "He's also never hit three better. He's had hot periods in the past, but not for that long. However, he will have to continue like this to prove that he has indeed significantly improved his shooting. At the moment, he seems to have upgraded his game and another jump in efficiency is on the horizon."

One reason, according to Hughes, is that this season, "Danny's shooting profile shows a player who understands his strengths. He does score a career-high percentage from beyond the arc but shoots just 2.8 times — a career low — which shows he's more selective, preferring shots with a higher chance of getting in. His biggest improvement offensively is getting to the ring. 37.8 percent of his shots come near the ring, compared to 14.4 percent in his first season, 22.1 percent in his second season and 27.8 percent in his third season.

"His ability to get to the ring is one of the keys to the Wizards playing at a higher pace this season," Hughes wrote. "In fact, no one on the team is as efficient as he is in transition attacks, with 1.56 points per possesion. That's 15th in the entire NBA. He has the green light to lead offenses as soon as he grabs rebounds, as he did in previous seasons, but this season he is more steady and more aggressive. The Wizards invested in his future with his new contract, and in the meantime, it looks like he's only gotten better."

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Source: walla

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