Deni Avdija is still surprised by the NBA’s hellish schedule

Even if she’ll quickly prepare to find her way back to the gyms, Deni Avdija has been taking time to breathe over the past three weeks. The Wizards winger was a brave “iron man” by appearing in all 82 games played by his team during the regular season.

But behind this iron man status, the former Maccabi Tel Aviv player still suffered from the pace imposed by the NBA schedule. After a condensed rookie year, he this time around experienced the “classic” pace of an 82-game season in six months, and he still seems to have a lot of trouble getting used to it.

“Wow, I don’t know how to describe it. You have to be very strong mentally. It goes beyond basketball: playing late and taking planes where you arrive at the hotel at 4 am, sleep and also have to play the next day. It’s terribly hard and exhausting.” declared. “There have been many occasions in the season in which due to lack of sleep we have gotten sick or we have not felt very well. But I never let a game slip away. I was always able to play and nothing serious happened to me. Sometimes you have to bite your lip and say, ‘There’s nothing you can do about it, it’s part of the business.’”

Rewarded with a royal role in Washington

Deni Avdija had notoriously difficult moments, following the 14 “back-to-backs” in which he participated but stayed the course. And though he lost track of time along the way, he held on.

“There were times when I woke up and couldn’t even get up to get a glass of water. He was exhausted, sometimes incomprehensibly. I tried to tell myself that I was going to handle this state of fatigue as best I could. For me, whether it was Friday or Sunday, every day was the same day. He had no weekends.

His resistance has contributed in any case to giving him a true role within the Wes Unseld Jr system, with more than 24 minutes on the court on average per game. This is undoubtedly his greatest reward, the one who now aspires to inherit more responsibilities.

“I felt what it was like to grab the ball more and feel like an important element in attack. It’s something I hadn’t experienced as an NBA player, and it was actually quite fun. I really enjoyed it, although sometimes it was difficult when I had to combine with the defense of the best opposing player. In terms of energy, it was not easy at all”He concluded.

Deni Avdiya Percentage bounces
Station Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Soon P.S party in you bp Connecticut Points
2020-21 IT WAS 54 23 41.7 31.5 64.4 0.4 4.4 4.9 1.2 2.6 0.6 0.6 0.3 6.3
2021-22 IT WAS 82 24 43.2 31.7 75.7 0.6 4.6 5.2 2.0 23 0.7 1.1 0.5 8.4
Total 136 24 42.6 31.6 72.9 0.5 4.5 5.1 1.7 2.4 0.7 0.9 0.4 7.6

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