Report: Warriors ‘blown away’ by Deni Avdija
The Golden State Warriors have the No. 2 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft, and there has been plenty of speculation as to how the team will proceed with its pick.
Alternatively, Golden State has typically lacked an elite big, even during the dynasty years. Perhaps former Memphis center and presumptive top pick James Wiseman could solve this problem.
However, there are growing indications the Warriors could select Maccabi Tel Aviv teenager Deni Avdija.
Ethan Strauss of The Athletic reports Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and other officials met with Avdija on Thursday morning, and they came away extremely impressed:
Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization worked out Maccabi Tel Aviv prospect Deni Avdija on Thursday morning in Atlanta, according to sources. By all accounts, it was a positive get together, one in which the 19-year-old Israeli impressed observers. Not only did Avdija perform well in the workouts, but Warriors officials were blown away after meeting with him. The universal takeaway was that he’s a “great kid” with an immense work ethic.
It would not be a surprise to see the Warriors stay put at No. 2 and draft Avdija, or perhaps they look to trade down and get him a bit later.
Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported last month the Warriors have scouted Avdija for years. His handle and court vision is regarded as extremely impressive for someone with his size, which could make for an ideal fit in Golden State in a Draymond Green-type role.
Avdija will have to improve as a shooter, and he is not the most athletic prospect. But the Warriors appear enamored with him, meaning Avdija could find himself as a top-two pick when all is said and done.