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The Spurs this past draft had the Hawks draft them Viktor Sanikidze at number 42. The Hawks then traded Viktor to the Spurs. Anyway, the kid is Georgian and plays for Gijon in France but must of the year he's been stuck on the bench, anyway there is a new coach in Dijon. And the new coach, Jacques Monclar decided it was time for Viktor to be in the starting five. Dijon ended up blowing out Chalons 105-55, their largest win margin this season, and Sanikidze was outstanding with 17 points (7/11), 10 rebounds, 2 assists in 26 minutes...

He's 18, 6'9, and about 200 pounds.

Older picture from November 2004
 

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Found this predraft SI page on Viktor:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/2004/draft/players/18943.html

BIO: Sanikidze is a native of Tbilisi, Georgia who played one year for Dijon in the French Pro A League. The 18-year-old spent a year of college in the United States at Globe Tech in the 2001-02 season before returning to Europe. Like most youngsters, Sanikidze saw little action for his club team. The best evidence of his ability came in the 2004 European Championships for Juniors in which he averaged 18.6 points and 11.6 rebounds playing for Georgia. Despite those rebounding numbers, his game is more perimeter-oriented and may suit an NBA team looking to stash away a developing prospect overseas.

ANALYSIS: Sanikidze is almost too young to project, considering he has received so little playing time over his career. A club with a strong international network and intimate knowledge of him may be able to get a steal in the second round. At only 18, Sanikidze has a chance to develop into something special down the road.

POSITIVES: Sanikidze has all the tools to be a good NBA small forward. He is a skilled shooter, possesses the ability to spot up or create his own shot, is potentially a solid finisher and rebounder in the paint and has good basketball instincts. He did not receive much playing time for his pro team but has starred at the junior national team level in Europe.

NEGATIVES: At just 196 pounds, Sanikidze is still growing into his 6-8 frame. Right now, he would get destroyed defensively in the NBA. Whichever team selects Sanikidze would have to stash him in Europe for a few seasons before allowing him to come to the United States. He is just too far away from having the tools to compete in the league right now.
 

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Wow, great stuff! Thanks for the update.




He sounds like a good fit for the team, but the scouting report seemed very harsh on his defense. Of course that isn't good in this system, but it's not like he's out of time to figure that out.



Hopefully we'll be able to follow him in a couple of years from now, because he sounds like another great draft pick by the Spurs.
 

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Hopefully a couple years down the road he can come over and contribute for us. Although the scouting report is harsh on his defense, it was predraft and hopefully he has gotten better since then. Sounds like he would be a great fit on our team. He is a good shooter, something we need, and sounds like he could develop into a pretty good player. I'll look forward to seeing him come over a couple of years down the line.
 
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