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Goga Bitadze Height, Wingspan, Weight, Nationality & Age
Player: Goga Bitadze
Height: 6' 11"
Wingspan: 7' 2"
Weight: 251 pounds
ABA League Team: Budućnost VOLI (Montenegrin First League)
Goga Bitadze declared for the 2019 NBA Draft after an ABA League MVP-winning 2018-19 season that powered Budućnost VOLI to a runner-up finish in the ABA League First Division. Bitadze also won the 2018-19 EuroLeague Rising Star award, which was the same distinction Dallas Mavericks' guard Luka Dončić earned each of the last two years (2016-18) before his stellar NBA rookie campaign last season.
The Georgian international has been a solid big man in his five seasons playing EuroLeague basketball, averaging 12.57 points per game (PPG), 6.3 rebounds per game (RPG) and 0.98 assists per game (APG) on 55 percent shooting from the floor over his career. Bitadze has also developed a reliable 3-point shot over his last three years, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc in 51 games of multi-league international play last season. However, he'll need to improve as a free-throw shooter (.649 percent from the charity stripe over his career) in the NBA.
Goga Bitadze Highlights
Goga Bitadze NBA Draft Projection
Goga Bitadze NBA Draft Predictions
Boston Celtics (No. 14), Utah Jazz (No. 23)
The Boston Celtics will have three big men hitting the free-agent market this offseason in Al Horford, Daniel Theis and Marcus Morris. If they can't keep at least two of those players, especially Horford, Boston could look to the draft to add some frontcourt depth. Bitadze is an experienced prospect with five years of EuroLeague under his belt, and his offensive ability could carve him out a more immediate role on Brad Stevens' team.
The Utah Jazz have arguably the league's best defensive center in Rudy Gobert, but getting consistent offensive production from the position has been a struggle. Bitadze's skill on the offensive side of the court could be just what the Jazz need in order to address that issue in future seasons.
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