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Deni Avdija Becomes Youngest MVP In Israeli League History

Jul 29, 2020 3:03 PM

Deni Avdija has been officially named the Israeli Winner League MVP for the 19-20 season. Avdija is the youngest MVP in the history of the championship.

Avdija finished the regular season with 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.1 minutes over 28 games while averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.0 minutes of four playoff games.

Avdija is expected to be a high lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Avdija helped lead Maccabi to their third straight Israeli League championship.

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Deni Avdija Will Finish Season With Maccabi Before Preparing For 2020 NBA Draft

Jun 19, 2020 3:09 PM

Deni Avdija will resume his season with Maccabi Tel Aviv when the Israeli basketball league returns Sunday.

Avdija is projected high lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

"Before I go to the U.S., I have a job to finish here in Israel," Avdija wrote in an email to ESPN. "As a competitor I am committed to my organization and teammates to help bring a championship to Tel Aviv. We were having such a great season, so winning the title, even with the delay and without live fans, will give me a sense that the hard work paid off."

Avdija is averaging 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 minutes per game.

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Deni Avdija Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2020 11:05 AM

Deni Avdija has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.

"First of all, the NBA is the best league in the world. There is a lot to learn over there and a lot of experience there," Avdija said. "It's going to be great to take my game to the next level."

Avdija is the No. 5 rated prospect in the draft, according to ESPN. Avdija plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv and is averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19 minutes per game.

Avdija declined to make comparisons between himself and any potential NBA opponents or teammates.

"Listen, I'll tell you honestly, I don't like to be compared to anybody," he told Get Up. "I think each player has his own path and each player has his own skills and things he does good. And I think I just want to be the best Deni I can be. I just don't want people to compare me to anybody. I respect everybody, but I just want to be me."


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Donatas Motiejunas Received Interest From Suns, Wolves, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Mar 10, 2020 9:51 PM

Donatas Motiejunas received interest from the Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves as well as Maccabi Tel Aviv. 

Motiejunas has been on a hiatus from the Chinese Basketball Association with the Shanghai Sharks.

Motiejunas last played in the NBA at the end of last season with the San Antonio Spurs.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jan 22, 2020 11:48 AM

Amar'e Stoudemire has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Stoudemire last played in the NBA during the 15-16 season with the Miami Heat.

Stoudemire was previously playing for Fujian in China. Stoudemire has prior experience playing in Israel for Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem. 

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Tyler Dorsey Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Aug 18, 2019 3:35 PM

Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Dorsey was a second round pick in 2017 by the Atlanta Hawks. Dorsey was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in February.

"I heard great things about the city and the fans," Dorsey said. "I can no longer wait see and interact with everyone. I am excited and looking forward to a great season. Shoutout for all you Maccabi fans, we will see you all soon".

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Omri Casspi Signs With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Aug 13, 2019 10:06 AM

Omri Casspi has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Casspi made his professional debut with Maccabi in 2004 and came to the NBA in 2009.

"Omri Casspi returned to his home, to Maccabi," said head coach Giannis Sfairopoulos. "I am very pleased that we signed the best Israeli player. Omri will help the team very well to achieve our goals and he is excited to come back and help the team fight for its goals. Maccabi brought back the best Israeli player and that is kind of a statement."

"The truth is that I am very excited, I did not believe I would be that excited," said Casspi. "I am returning home, returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv. I got here for the first time when I was 13 years old. I am proud and excited to be wearing the Maccabi jersey with the star of David on the back. This is a very big privilege."

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