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Nikoloz Tskitishvili
ნიკოლოზ ცქიტიშვილი
Nickname Skita
Position Forward-Center
Height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
League Liga ACB
Team Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada
Born April 14, 1983 (1983-04-14) (age 26)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Georgian
Draft 5th overall, 2002
Denver Nuggets
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Slovenia KK Slovan (1999-01)
Italy Benetton Treviso (2002)
United States Denver Nuggets (2002–05)
United States Golden State Warriors (2005)
United States Minnesota Timberwolves (2005–06)
United States Phoenix Suns (2006)
Spain Caja San Fernando (2006-07)
Italy Siviglia Wear Teramo (2007-08)
Spain Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada (2008-09)
Greece Panionios B.C. (2009)

Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ ცქიტიშვილი; born April 14, 1983 in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR) is a Georgian professional basketball player. He is a 7'0", 245 lb. forward-center, who was selected 5th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2002 NBA Draft.


Pro career

From January to July 2002 he played in Italy for Benetton Treviso, winning the Italian Championship under Mike D'Antoni. He played in 13 games, averaging 6.6 points per game (with a high of 15).

On February 25, 2005, Tskitishvili was traded by the Nuggets to the Golden State Warriors along with Rodney White, in exchange for Eduardo Nájera, Luis Flores, and a 2007 future first-round pick. After playing just 12 games for the Warriors, he signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves after playing on their summer league team. He was traded half way through the 2005-06 season to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a second-round draft pick.

On June 30, 2006, Tskitishvili was claimed off of waivers by the Portland Trail Blazers. He was waived five days later, after the team announced they would re-sign center Joel Przybilla. On October 2, 2006, Tskitishvili was signed by the New York Knicks and was waived on October 25.

With a career average of 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game over his first three seasons, Tskitishvili is widely considered to be a major draft bust. ESPN writer Bill Simmons claimed that Tskitishvili is "the worst-case scenario for any foreign pick" in the NBA.[1] Columnist David Schoenfield of ESPN's Page 2 ranked Tskitishvili 30th on his "100 worst draft picks ever" in 2006,[2] and in 2008 ESPN's Adam Reisinger rated Tskitishvili the worst NBA draft lottery pick ever selected at 5th overall.[3]

Georgian national team

Nikoloz Tskitishvili has also played for the Georgian national basketball team.


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