NBA Mock Draft #4: Minnesota Timberwolves- Deni Avdija
The Timberwolves fell one spot to fourth in this mock. They are looking for another young talent to add to their star duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell.
Deni Avdija is in his third professional season with Maccabi Tel Aviv. The 19-year-old is 6’8 and 210 pounds. He has an NBA ready body. Avdija has a fantastic combination of skills. What stands out is his ability to handle the ball and be a playmaker. At 6’8, he could do wonders for an NBA team as a secondary creator.
Avdija is an improving defender too. He is capable of guarding anyone on the floor and made significant strides this season.
He averaged 7.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 19.8 minutes per game over 47 contests. Avdija sank 51.4 percent from the field and 33.6 percent of his 3-pointers. The shooting is a work in progress, but the form is solid. Teams may worry about his free throw shooting. The 19-year-old hit just 52.0 percent this season.
Avdija was the MVP at the European Under 20 Championships last summer. He had the opportunity to shine and came through in that tournament.
Deni Avdija is a versatile player that should be in the rotation from opening night. He may never turn into a superstar, but he should be a starter on a contending team in his prime. His ability to perform a plethora of different skills will pay dividends.
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