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Wizards select Deni Avdija with No. 9 overall pick in 2020 NBA Draft

The Washington Wizards have picked Deni Avdija with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. We break down what it means.

Deni Avdija of Maccabi gestures during the UEFA Europa League football match played between Getafe CF and Ajax at Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium on February 20, 2020 in Getafe, Spain. Photo by Ivan Terron/AFP7/Europa Press Sports via Getty Images

The Washington Wizards had the ninth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected Israeli G/F Deni Avdija on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Wizards finished 25-47 after being invited to the NBA bubble in Orlando. They had a slim chance of making the playoffs and ultimately came up short. Here we’ll take a look at their first-round pick and the potential impact on the roster and in fantasy basketball.

The Wizards should be getting John Wall back into the lineup for 2020-21. He had sat out the entire 2019-20 season due to an Achilles injury. Wall has had A LOT of time to rest the injury, so we can expect him to come back in decent form. It may take him a bit to get acclimated, however. With Wall and Bradley Beal holding down the backcourt, the Wiz have a young frontcourt of Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant. The core isn’t bad for coach Scott Brooks, Washington just needs to put all the pieces together.

First-Round Pick Analysis

Deni Avdija came into this year’s draft as best international prospect out of Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Avdija stands at 6-foot-9, 215-pounds and can defends multiple positions on the floor.

The 19-year-old averaged 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game. He also shot 33 percent from the field and 64 percent on two-point field goals. Avdija is joining a Wizards’ team that already has Rui Hachimura, who they drafted last year in the first round and Troy Brown Jr., who they drafted in the previous year in the first round.