Heading toward a season where he will likely the secondary ball handler, Deni Avdija has seemingly been putting in work this offseason. Being featured in a video where he is working on all of his weaknesses.
It has been a well-documented issue with the Washington Wizards’ forward that he has struggled to shoot the ball since he arrived in the NBA. This has of course been a major issue as he has historically been camped in the corner in nearly every offensive set the Wiz have run since he was drafted.
He has also struggled in the past to drive and finish going left, allowing defenses to just jump on his right hand. This has completely hindered his ability to play to his strengths as he is best used as drive and kick player.
In an Instagram video Deni Avdija was seen putting in work
In a video posted to Instagram by Swish Cultures, Deni Avdija was shown not only working on his jump shot, but also his handling skills with his left hand and creating quality looks off the dribble.
In both videos he shows a significant improvement to his shot mechanics and seem far more confident using his off hand. Essential aspects to a breakout season for the 22-year-old.
If the Wizards’ forward is able to take these skills and see them translate into his 2023-’24 campaign, he could very easily be the breakout star of the season. He already has a strong base in every other aspect of the game and is almost exclusively missing the pieces his is showing in the videos.
A strong case for Most Improved Player may be on the horizon for Deni Avdija as he continues to grow and improve. Adding these skills is the first step in fully unlocking his potential as a player.