Wizards: Avdija's assist of the season showcases the confidence he is playing with

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Things are not going well in Washington. After suffering another desultory loss at home to the New Orleans Pelicans last night, the Wizards are now 3-20, having won only one game out of their last 16. One consistently bright spot for them all season has been Deni Avdija and his encouraging development. This was on display last night once again.

The 22-year-old forward is having a career season in Washington, averaging career-highs in points, assists, and efficiency. He has improved his shooting percentages in two-pointers, three-pointers, and free throws. He is a much better overall offensive player now.

As a result, he now has a bigger role within the offense. He runs pick-and-rolls, initiates offense, and makes plays for his teammates. This, in turn, has given him the confidence to explore the studio space and see his capabilities.

Against New Orleans, Avdija was one of the better Wizards, finishing the game with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists on 4/8 shooting from the field. There was one play where his improved passing, increased confidence, and basketball intelligence were on display.

Avdija intelligently sees that Jordan Poole is in trouble as the shot clock is winding down. He makes a cut, and receives the pass, but notices that he is in traffic without a good angle to shoot. Despite the fact that there are only a few seconds left in the shot clock, he doesn't panic, and throws a beautiful, no-look, over-the-head pass to Corey Kispert on the corner. Then, Kispert does what he does best: nails the three-pointer as the buzzer sounds off.

That is as good of an assist as you can see all season.

Having the shot clock awareness in that situation is impressive on its own, but being able to throw that pass with the right power and accuracy to the corner is a rare skill to possess. That is a sign of a player who plays at their own pace, knows what they are capable of, and has the skills to execute. Avdija may still need to improve on certain aspects of his game, but that is a valuable player right there.

In a season full of disappointment, moments like this are encouraging flashes for the Washington Wizards fans. They help envision what the fully actualized and successful version of this team could look like in a few years. And Deni Avdija is certainly looking more and more like he is going to be an integral part of that future.

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