How will Deni Avdija’s role change following Rui Hachimura trade

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After the dust settled on Rui Hachimura’s trade after the 24-hour news cycle played out and all opinions on social media cooled to embers, Wizards president Tommy Shepard said the former No. I explained why it was traded on Monday. In his NBC Sports interview with the Wizards vs. the Mavs in Washington, which aired Tuesday night, he cited Deni paving the way for his Avdija’s growth as part of his thoughts on signing the deal. I was.

Avdija, of course, was a first-round pick by the Wizards in 2020, following Hachimura. He was also the ninth pick overall, and his development is even more important to their future now that Hachimura is gone.

Exactly what Shepard meant is likely to be the subject of enduring debate. Now that he is gone, he will naturally be shaped by the new opportunities he has. It is now part of the context of his young career.

Shepherd also did not show that Hachimura was directly interfering with Avdija. Fit and opportunity are absolutely crucial in the NBA, but talent shines through. It’s a meritocracy, a make-or-miss league. If you do, you will be rewarded. And Avdija has had plenty of time to work with them this year.

After Tuesday’s victory, he started 30 of 45 games and averaged a career-high 25.9 minutes. Hachimura also missed 16 games with an ankle injury from mid-November to mid-December. Avdija played nearly 30 minutes each night during that stretch.

That said, I can see why Avdija might be used differently than Hachimura elsewhere. I might. Hachimura ranked him fourth in Wizards usage (23.0) and Kyle behind Kuzma (28.1), Kristaps Porzingis (27.4) and Bradley Beal (27.2). Hachimura was also fourth in field goal attempts (10.8).

His departure suggests that Avdija could hit more shots, but the nature of those shots could be more important. It is now possible to play in a position close to Considering his shooting percentage this year is just 27.5% out of his three games, the lowest of his career in his third season in the NBA, this may be his best result. Hmm.

In a way, it’s a reminder of how hard it is to pair non-3P shooters, especially wings. Hachimura has made progress in that area, but both he and Avdija are below average shooters from the outside, which affected their chemistry on the court.

Avdija gave us a glimpse of what approaching the basket looks like in Dallas on Tuesday. He only attempted one three, instead making a lot of offense off the dribble. As a result, he shot his career-high 11 free throws. This is his six free throws in a single game, almost double his previous best. Avdija knocked down nine of his shots and had the majority of 15 points. He also recorded 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.

Avdija generally seemed more aggressive in attacking the paint off the dribble, but even with his left hand, which is well known to be his weak spot. On one play in the 4th quarter, he drove left and the contact generated an and-one with Floater.

If the Wizards decide to move Avdija closer to 4 than 3, it could lead to more chances in the post. While playing abroad before coming to the NBA, Avdija played more often from the post, both for himself and others.

Ultimately, it’s up to Avdija to seize the opportunity that Shepard and the Wizards have clearly created for him. Just because the door is open doesn’t mean he’ll get through. If you recall, when the Wizards entered the bubble in 2020, Troy Brown Jr. was a long-running point guard and Hachimura was the number one scoring option. Neither had any further indications.

However, the runway has been cleared for Avdija to take a big step forward in her growth. The Wizards’ front office believes Hachimura’s exit can help his cause. Let’s see what he can do.

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