While some NBA fans might see this as the "dead time" of the offseason, it's important to remember that some elite basketball is being played currently overseas. Our goal here at Backcourt Violation is to slowly educate you on the international play, expanding your knowledge of the basketball world.
This is particularly important for you NBA Draft degenerates out there, as the FIBA U20 (under 20) Championship just finished up. There's a number of prospects that we will get into in the near future, but the obvious one that NBA fans should start to get familiar with is Deni Avdija of Israel.
Standing at 6'8" and just recently (January) turned 18 years old, Avdija is a good bet to pick up some serious steam in draft circles if he continues his impressive play. Make no mistake, the talented forward has been on the radar of NBA teams for years and most recently with his impressive play at Basketball Without Borders in February. Deni is a crafty playmaker with the ball in his hands and sees the floor exceptionally well. He has a point guard like feel for the game and this upcoming season for Maccabi Tel Aviv will be a big one for his stock. The knock when it comes to the play of Avdija, as with most young prospects, is the outside shooting.
We will have a more in-depth look on the game of Deni Avdija down the road, but for now, here's a look at some of his top highlights at the FIBA U20 European Championship. In 7 games of action, Avdija went on to average 18.4 PTS, 8.3 REB, 5.3 AST, 2.4 BLK, and 2.1 STL while shooting 42.9% from the field. (
(Video via FIBA)