A strong promising European big with potential to be a force on the offensive side of the ball and underrated athleticism.
One of the most promising young talents from the international ranks has been Goga Bitadze of KK Mega Bemax. Originally from the country of Georgia, The 19-year-old big man is battled tested, having played professionally since 2015. It was in 2017-18 that Goga started to gain the serious attention of NBA personnel, as he would go on to break Luka Doncic's Euroleague record for PER by a teenager. Bitadze is such an intriguing prospect for a big that NBA teams were hoping he would keep his name in the 2018 NBA Draft class, but Goga decided to spend another year working on his craft.
Nikola Jokic without the elite passing ability
The new breed of bigs that can do a bit of everything. Bitadze has great versatility on the offensive side of the ball. Great at scoring in the post as well as off of the ball. Has good shooting range from deep. Very smooth around the basket as well as a soft touch.
Will body hunt and set very strong screens. The Adriatic league has a history of developing prospects that can do the little things and Bitadze does just that. Fantastic display of IQ for a young big including reading defenses and proper fundamentals.
Sneaky display of athleticism allows him to make a much bigger impact as a shot blocker than you might expect at first glance. Shows a great understanding of reading defenses, including rotations. Plays engaged on defense.
While he is smooth, he shows that he struggles against smaller quicker bigs. Will experience some growing pains early at the next level until he gets his feet wet. Lateral quickness will be the area he needs to improve the most.
A common case with most young bigs but Bitadze will need to develop some patience for ball fakes. Bad habit of using his hands too much on the perimeter which could lead to quick fouls as well
While Bitadze plays with the emotion and fire you would want in a big man, it also can lead him into some trouble. Will let his emotion affect his play, but has shown improvement in the area over the last year.
Goga Bitadze is going to be one of the most coveted bigs in this years Draft Class. He comes from a powerhouse of an international club in KK Mega Bemax and has potential to be a serious asset on the offensive side of the ball. He's going to take some time to adjust to the speed of the game defensively, but if everything can click he can become a real threat in this league. Bitadze will get his fair share of "Jokic" comparisons, but he looks to be a little more explosive and without the elite passing ability of the joker.