2019 NBA Draft Profile: Goga Bitadze
Goga Bitadze is a skilled center prospect who played extremely well in his first stint in the EuroLeague this season. The Sagarejo native emerged as a prospect seeing minutes in the VTB United League with Vita Tbilisi in his native Georgia as a 16-year-old back in 2015 before signing with Mega Bemax mid-season. A steady double-double threat at the junior level, Bitadze saw minutes on loan with non-Adriatic League Serbian club Smedervo during the 2016/17 season before seeing significant minutes for Mega Bemax’s senior team last season averaging 15.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the Serbian League. Splitting time between Mega Bemax and Montenegrin club Buducnost VOLI this season, Bitadze emerged as a force in the Adriatic League early on before averaging 12.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague with Buducnost to earn EuroLeague Rising Star honors. He returned to Mega Bemax to finish the Serbian Super League schedule.
- Possesses very good size and length for a center standing 6’11.25 in shoes with a 7’1.75 wingspan and an improved frame that he has shed a considerable amount of weight from over the last couple years. Capable athlete with solid feet who is more coordinated and mobile than explosive.
- Played a key role across both teams he played for this season. Did a large portion of his scoring rolling to the rim and staying active presenting a big target inside, but also showed improvement in the post and as a jump shooter on the perimeter.
- Does his best work as a finisher where his sheer size and coordination make a terrific option inside. Got 29% of his possessions as a Roll Man, 14% on Cuts, and 11% on Put Backs. Scored 1.440 points per shot around the rim in the half court [92nd percentile] able to use his natural touch and ability to play above the rim with a head of steam to convert at an excellent rate. Has good footwork and drew fouls at a strong rate not shying away from contact. Improved conditioning has helped him be a more consistent factor in close.
- Improving jump shooter with significant potential as a floor spacer and Pick & Pop threat. 25% of his shots in the half court this season were jumpers. Scored 1.08 points per jump shot in the half court [80th percentile]. Still finding his confidence on the perimeter, but development this season leaves room for optimism. Flashes some ability to attack the rim off the dribble and toss in floaters against reckless closeouts. Not a dynamic slasher, but comfortable with the ball for his size which translates in spots as a passer.
- Still learning how to maximize his combination of size and touch in the post. 19% of his possessions were Post Ups which he has converted for 0.772 points per Post Up possession [27th percentile]. Tosses in some hook shots and faceup jumpers, but does not have the quickest footwork or much decisiveness as a back to the basket scorer.
- Ranked 9th in the EuroLeague scoring efficiency among players using over 10 possessions per game (1.107 ppp)
- Ranked 2nd in the EuroLeague in Roll Man scoring (5.3 ppg)
- Ranked 3rd in the EuroLeague in Put Back scoring (2.2 ppg)
- Ranked 4th in the Adriatic League in Roll Man scoring (3.9 ppg)
- Improved shot blocker whose motor has become more consistent. Still struggles with fouls at times and is much more comfortable inside than on the perimeter. Capable area rebounder who could be more assertive on the glass.
- Faced a lot of isolations with teams looking to force him to guard on the perimeter. Held his own inside allowing 0.846 points per Post Up possession [53rd percentile].