Danny Avdiah was selected in the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards and became the first Israeli ever to be taken in the lottery selection which are the first 14 selections in the draft. With his selection in the first round, the 19-year-old diamond also secured himself a contract in the best basketball league in the world and thus one can already congratulate the finished: Israel will have a third representative after Omri Caspi and Gal Makal in the NBA.
Abdia did something extraordinary on an Israeli scale. To date, Omri Caspi has been the highest pick in the history of Israeli basketball (No. 23), but the diamond overtook him in 14 picks. Meanwhile, Abdia will become the third Israeli ever to make the move from the Holy Land to the NBA, and he is also the fifth Israeli in history to be drafted, after: Doron Sheffer (1996), Lior Eliyahu (2006), Yotam Halperin (2006) and Caspi (2009).
Abdia, who was selected in ninth place, will sign a three-year rookie contract and will earn about $ 12 million and a half during that time. For comparison, first place in the draft will earn over $ 25 million and second place will earn close to $ 23 million.
And if we are talking about comparisons, then in the time of Omri Caspi the sums were much less eye-popping. Caspi, selected 23rd in the 2009 draft, earned about $ 150,000 in his rookie season, according to Real GM. In fact, in all his ten years overseas Caspi earned over $ 18 million from net basketball. No commercials and no side businesses.
According to almost all predictions, Abdia was supposed to be selected in the top 5, but in the end - the star from the house of the creator of Maccabi Tel Aviv joins John Wall and Bradley Bill in the United States capital. The diamond, who has become the fifth Israeli in history to be drafted, will join the Wizards and begin preparations for the NBA season that opens on December 22nd.
Even before the election, ESPN senior correspondent Adrian Wozniacki tweeted that Washington very much loved Abdia, but did not believe he would be on the board in the ninth election. Once the first eight teams gave up on the Israeli (quite bizarrely it should be noted), Wall and Bill's team enjoyed the pleasant surprise and did not think twice.
Assuming coach Scott Brooks' star duo remain in the capital and do not move into the trade, Washington's goal is clear: to return to the playoffs after a two-year drought. Wall, who has played a total of 73 games in the last three seasons, is expected to return to the floor, hoping this time - the injuries are behind him.