The New York Post interviewed Brad Greenberg one of Israel’s veteran head coaches about the prospects of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Deni Avdija and what he can bring to the New York Knicks.
Greenberg told the Post’s Marc Berman, “He made some significant jumps this year, but don’t judge him on what he is at 19 on a roster, even 20. This a guy if he continues to get better like he did the last eight to 10 months, if he keeps that upwardness, he’s going to be a player. How good, it’s hard to say. It’s projections.
“You just have to be patient. You can’t expect him to step into an NBA camp and be just mature enough as a player to give you a lot, if anything. You just got to just believe he’ll do it in a couple of more years. It’s foolish to think he’s going to step in and do a Luka Doncic on anybody.”
The Maccabi Ashdod coach thought that Avdija had more of the skills offered up by Cedi Osman, “You’re talking about a guy who plays 12 minutes a game in the Euroleague. It’s not Luka Doncic. It’s more Cedric Osman, and I like Osman.”
“Deni can handle the ball, he can drive, he can pass,” Greenberg said. “He’s got a nice offensive skill set. His shooting will get better and better because he’s a hard worker. He’s a solid shooter, better shooter than Cedi.”