Wizards select Israeli player Deni Avdija with the 9th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft

Deni Avdija (Photo by Marko Metlas/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

The Washington Wizards have picked Israeli player Deni Avdija with ninth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Avdija is the highest Israeli pick in NBA draft history.

He is a two-time Israeli League champion, last playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He became the club's youngest player when he joined in 2017.

Avdija also helped Israel win the FIBA U-20 European Championships in 2018 and 2019. 

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Multiple outlets initially projected Avdija as a top-five prospect.

A 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, Avdilja averaged 12.9 points per game and 6.3 rebounds during his final season with Maccabi Tel Aviv.