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With 18th Pick, Pacers Select Goga Bitadze

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With 18th Pick, Pacers Select Goga Bitadze 

Post#1 » by Scoot McGroot » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:25 am

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Re: With 18th Pick, Pacers Select Goga Bitadze 

Post#2 » by Jake0890 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:32 am

I don’t love it, to be honest. Hope Pritchard knows something we don’t.
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Post#3 » by 8305 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:32 am

Does this mean we have a deal for Domas or Myles? Otherwise how many centers do we need?
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Post#4 » by Pacersike » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:33 am

Awesome, our new starting center :D Sabonis and Turner mixed in a better version.
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Post#5 » by Topofthekey » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:39 am

8305 wrote:Does this mean we have a deal for Domas or Myles? Otherwise how many centers do we need?


Is Goga going to revive the Pacer tradition of having someone with an European name start at center?
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Post#6 » by Scoot McGroot » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:40 am

Pacersike wrote:Awesome, our new starting center :D Sabonis and Turner mixed in a better version.


In 5 years, he really might be. Absolutely needs to work on his lateral movement like Myles did, though, because that is a huge weakness.
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Post#7 » by OnFire » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:41 am

Did he come in for a workout? What's the story on him?
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Re: With 18th Pick, Pacers Select Goga Bitadze 

Post#8 » by Pacercoltboiler » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:42 am

After the shock, I'm pretty happy. A two way player at #18. Guy can block shots and hit 3s. Sabonis and Myles rolled into 1. Can't see us keeping 3 centers.
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Post#9 » by Wizop » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:42 am

should I worry we found the Plumlee?

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Re: With 18th Pick, Pacers Select Goga Bitadze 

Post#11 » by 8305 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:43 am

Heard the Pacers asked him to come but he turned us down.
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Post#12 » by Pacersike » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:45 am

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Pacersike wrote:Awesome, our new starting center :D Sabonis and Turner mixed in a better version.


In 5 years, he really might be. Absolutely needs to work on his lateral movement like Myles did, though, because that is a huge weakness.

I say 4 years :)

Sabonis who?
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Post#13 » by Grang33r » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:45 am

Didn't know anything about him until this photo. Hope he uses it a motivation. Interesting pick.

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Post#14 » by Scoot McGroot » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:45 am

Wizop wrote:should I worry we found the Plumlee?

Sent from my phone.


Hopefully no. Goga plays both ways on the court, and his straight line mobility has gotten better. Definitely needs a lateral movement, but on his way towards being a Jokic-lite? As others have said, he's kind of a cross between both Myles and Dom.

Also, won the Rising Star Award in Euroleague as best young player.
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Post#15 » by Grang33r » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:46 am

Listening to Nate McMillan's conference and it seems like the folks on realgm know more about him then he does. He literally knows nothing about him. He said he just watched a quick video on him prior to coming to speak with the media. lol
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Re: With 18th Pick, Pacers Select Goga Bitadze 

Post#18 » by Scoot McGroot » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:59 am

From Jeremy Woo at Sports Illustrated:
Woo's Grade: A

Bitadze is the most NBA-ready big man in this draft, and while he doesn’t directly fill a need for the Pacers here, this pick is all about value. He could be an immediate contributor off the bench for them, combining skill, size and toughness in a package that profiles well at the NBA level. Concerns about his athleticism are a bit overblown. This is a shrewd choice by Indiana.

https://www.si.com/nba/2019/06/20/goga-bitadze-2019-nba-draft-grades
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Post#19 » by Grang33r » Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:04 am

Scoot McGroot wrote:From Jeremy Woo at Sports Illustrated:
Woo's Grade: A

Bitadze is the most NBA-ready big man in this draft, and while he doesn’t directly fill a need for the Pacers here, this pick is all about value. He could be an immediate contributor off the bench for them, combining skill, size and toughness in a package that profiles well at the NBA level. Concerns about his athleticism are a bit overblown. This is a shrewd choice by Indiana.

https://www.si.com/nba/2019/06/20/goga-bitadze-2019-nba-draft-grades


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