The Golden State Warriors met with and worked out Israeli forward and potential top-five draft prospect Deni Avdija on Thursday, according to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic.
The Warriors own the second overall pick in the Nov. 18 draft. Minnesota owns the first.
Memphis center James Wiseman, Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards and well-traveled point guard LaMelo Ball have widely been considered the top three prospects entering the draft, in no particular order. But there has been talk lately that Avdija is climbing the charts.
Avdija is 6-foot-9 and plays both forward spots. He averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 28 games this season with Maccabi Tel Aviv. For his efforts, he was named Player of the Year in Israel’s Winner League.
NBADraft.net compared Avdija to former NBA forward Hedo Turkoglu.
“All around talented wing with great size … Versatile, he can play from shooting guard to power forward … Great feel for the game … He possesses a high basketball I.Q … Very competitive, not afraid of the big stage … Jack of all trades, he can do just about everything on the floor,” NBADraft.net wrote of Avdija.