Deni Avdija is a gifted athlete and the new rising Israeli star of the NBA. At only 19 years old, he is about to leave his homeland and fly to the United States, where on November 18, 2020, the native of Beit Zera, a kibbutz in northern Israel, is scheduled to participate in the NBA draft for the upcoming season. Like his famous predecessors – Gal Mekel, Doron Sheffer and Omri Casspi – Avdija is very focused and determined to make his mark in the most prestigious basketball league in the world.
He is the son of two high-level athletic parents. His father, Zufer Avdija, is a Serbian-Israeli of Gorani-Muslim heritage and a former Yugoslavian professional basketball player who played for eight seasons for several Israeli clubs, including Rishon Lezion and Hapoel Tel Aviv. His mother, Sharon Artzi, is a Jewish-Israeli basketball player and a former track and field athlete.
Avdija started playing sports early on, and after trying out for soccer he focused on becoming a basketball player because of his height (6’9’’) and athletic ability. Spotted by one of the biggest clubs in the country, he joined Maccabi Tel Aviv at the age of 12.