Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Georgian: ნიკოლოზ ცქიტიშვილი; born April 14, 1983) is a Georgian professional basketball player for Beirut Club of the Lebanese Basketball League. He is a 7'0" forward-center, who was selected fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2002 NBA draft. Tskitishvili has also played for the senior Georgian national basketball team.
Tskitishvili, with the Georgian NT, in 2010.
|No. 22 – Beirut Club|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||Lebanese Basketball League|
|Born||April 14, 1983|
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|2005||Golden State Warriors|
|2007||Caja San Fernando|
|2007–2008||Siviglia Wear Teramo|
|2008–2009||Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada|
|2009–2010||Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada|
|2010–2011||Lagun Aro GBC|
|2012||Foolad Mahan Isfahan|
|2015||Link Tochigi Brex|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
From January to July 2002, Tskitishvili played in Italy, for Benetton Treviso, winning the Italian League championship under head coach Mike D'Antoni. He played in 13 games, averaging 6.6 points per game (with a high of 15). Around that time, he was selected as the 5th overall pick of the 2002 NBA draft.
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 draft pick. In three seasons with the Nuggets, Tskitishvili averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, and shot 30 percent from the field, while appearing in 143 total games.
After playing just 12 games for the Warriors, he signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, after playing on their NBA 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 he was later waived by them on October 25.
With career averages of 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game, over his first four NBA seasons, Tskitishvili is widely considered to be a major draft bust. Former ESPN writer Bill Simmons claimed that Tskitishvili is "the worst-case scenario for any foreign pick" in the NBA. Columnist David Schoenfield of ESPN's Page 2, ranked Tskitishvili 30th, on his "100 worst draft picks ever", in 2006, and in 2008, ESPN's Adam Reisinger rated Tskitishvili as the worst NBA draft lottery pick ever selected, at 5th overall.
Return to EuropeEdit
After playing in the NBA, Tskitishvili returned to Europe. In Europe, he had playing stints in the Spanish League (Caja San Fernando, Fuenlabrada, Lagun Aro GBC), Italian League (Teramo Basket), and Greek League (Panionios). After that, he left Europe and went to Asia, in order to continue his playing career.
While playing in Iran, Tskitishvili won an Iranian Super League championship in 2012, with Mahram. He started the 2012-13 season with Iran's Foolad Mahan Esfahan, but he was released in November 2012. The next month, he signed with Champville, from Lebanon’s Division A, and posted 17.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game, in 27 games played. On October 27, 2014, he signed for a second stint with Champville.
NBA comeback attemptEdit
Return to AsiaEdit
On October 11, 2015, Tskitishvili signed with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). However, he left the team before the season began, and signed with the Japanese club, Link Tochigi Brex, on November 2. On December 24, he left Tochigi Brex, after averaging eight points and four rebounds per game.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "NBA.com player profile". NBA.com. Archived from the original on May 16, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "Welcome to the next decade of discontent". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 29, 2007.
- "The 100 Worst Draft Picks Ever". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "They didn't win the lottery with these picks". ESPN.com. June 26, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "Nikoloz Tskitishvili joins Al Sharjah". Court-Side.com. September 30, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "Lebanese team Champville signing Nikoloz Tskitishvili". Sportando.com. October 27, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "L.A. CLIPPERS SIGN MBAH A MOUTE AND TSKITISHVILI". NBA.com. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
- "L.A. CLIPPERS WAIVE TSKITISHVILI". NBA.com. October 3, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- "Fujian lands Nikoloz Tskitishvili". Asia-Basket.com. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
- "Tochigi Brex signs Nikoloz Tskitishvili". Asia-Basket.com. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
- "Nikoloz Tskitishvili leaves Tochigi Brex". Sportando.com. December 24, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
- "Nikoloz Tskitishvili officially inks with Champville". Sportando.com. December 25, 2015. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
- "Iran's Chemidor signs Georgian Nikoloz Tskitishvili". New.TehranTimes.com. April 3, 2016. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- "Byblos sign Nikoloz Tskitishvili, ex Dinamo Tbilisi". Eurobasket.com. December 29, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2018.