Friday, December 3 2021

Avdija on track, ‘as of now,’ to return Saturday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Deni Avdija is inching closer to a return to the floor. 

The second-year pro is on track “as of now” to make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Knicks, according to head coach Wes Unseld Jr. The first-round pick hasn’t played since he suffered a fracture in his right ankle last season. Avdija played in five-on-five scrimmages for the first time this week as he looks to get himself back into game shape. 

“It was good to see him get through the whole practice, every single live segment. It’s a good sign and I think it was good for him, just kind of test it a little bit and see where it was. Obviously his conditioning is not where it needs to be but that’s to be expected,” Unseld said. 

Avdija hurt his ankle in April and missed the remainder of the season and spent the entirety of the summer rehabbing his injury. He also missed the team’s first preseason game against the Rockets. 

The ninth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Avdija played in 54 games last season and averaged 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also made 32 starts. 

Washington is hopeful that his conditioning and rhythm with his teammates will be at an acceptable level by Saturday to get him back onto the floor and get him in game action once again.

“He showed some flashes, and that’s what we’ve been looking for, that’s what we’ve been waiting to see,” Unseld said. “I’m excited to get him in the mix, get him up to speed, and we’ll see how he looks on Saturday.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

Evan Longoria hopes Giants-Dodgers series manifests playoff changes

Next

NBA 75 all-time rankings: Why LeBron James isn’t #1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Dennis Smith Jr. with an and one vs the San Antonio Spurs

ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports Brent Musburger: Jon Gruden’s career was ended by a ‘paid assassin’ The Jon Gruden lawsuit against the league continues to reside in the window between the filing of the complaint and the first move by the NFL in response to it. For now, the void has been filled by Brent […]

Read More

Detroit Pistons’ 2021 media day: Here are the highlights

SNY Why Mets missed playoffs in 2021, what to expect in 2022 | SportsNite On SportsNite, now that the Mets have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, Chris Williamson and John Harper discuss why it all fell apart for the Mets and what we can expect, in what promises to be a very busy offseason. […]

Read More

Mavericks vs. Pelicans odds, line: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven computer model

Getty Images The New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks will face off in a Southwest Division clash at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday at American Airlines Center. Dallas is 11-9 overall and 6-3 at home, while the Pelicans are 6-18 overall and 3-10 on the road. Both teams are below .500 against the spread […]

Read More