Goga Bitadze

22-Year-Old CenterC
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bitadze continued to see limited run as a depth option at center for the Pacers, who often just use Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis at the position. Bitadze averaged 5.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 12.8 minutes. The standout aspect of Bitadze's game at the moment is his shot-blocking, as he's registered 3.4 blocks per 36 minutes for his career. He also has upside as a three-point shooter but is just 28-for-121 (23.1%) for his career. The 22-year-old doesn't have much potential for this season, so he can be ignored on draft day. He's at least an intriguing flier in deep dynasty formats if he can land in a better situation. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.77 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2019. Pacers exercised $3.1 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Goga Bitadze was born in 1999 in the small town of Sagarejo in Kakheti, Georgia. Sagarejo is home to less than 11,000 people and is on the eastern side of Georgia. Bitadze's father was a basketball player whose career was cut short by injury. Bitadze started competing in professional leagues when he was 16 years old, playing for teams in Georgia, Serbia and Montenegro. Bitadze played for Georgia at the junior level during FIBA tournaments in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Bitadze joined the Georgian national basketball team at EuroBasketball 2017 but couldn't play due to a calf injury. Later in 2017, at the FIBA World Cup qualifier games, Bitadze made his national team debut. The 6-foot-11 big man's name is pronounced GO-gah bih-TAH-zay.

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Goga Bitadze's pre NBA career took him all over the Balkan states of Europe. He split the 2018-19 season between Mega Bemax and Buducnost teams of the Serbian, Adriatic and EuroLeague leagues. In 13 EuroLeague games, four of them starts, Bitadze posted 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, shooting almost 55% from the floor. The year before, he played for Mega Bemax's top team and their U-19 squad. Over 22 contests for Mega Bemax in the Adriatic League, Bitadze averaged 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds over 23 minutes per contest. In 2016-17, Bitadze split time between Smederevo of the Serbian league and the Mega Bemax U-18 team, which played in the Adidas NGT.

Should be available Tuesday
CIndiana Pacers
October 5, 2021
Bitadze (back) is off the injury report for Tuesday's preseason game against the Knicks.
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Bitadze was forced to leave the Pacers' Summer League team due to a back injury, but he should be healthy for Tuesday's preseason action.
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2020

Bitadze didn't make his 2020-21 season debut until January 17 due to an ankle sprain, but he played regularly off the bench for the Pacers while healthy during the rest of the campaign and even recorded three starts across his 44 appearances. The second-year pro saw an uptick in his playing time, as he logged 12.8 minutes per game compared to his 8.7 minutes per contest in 2019-20, and as a result, he delivered a career-best season with several career-high marks in several categories. He averaged 5.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 0.8 assists and 0.2 steals per game -- all those were career-high figures excepting the steals department. He also shot 42.8 percent from the field, 25.3 percent from three-point range and 73.8 percent from three-point range. Bitadze's best game of the season came on May 18 against the Hornets when he delivered 18 points and 10 rebounds -- that was his lone double-double of the season. The big man scored in double digits nine times. Other season-high marks for him included 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals (twice) and five blocks (twice).

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The 18th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bitadze appeared in 54 games for the Pacers as a rookie. In 8.7 minutes per game, Bitadze averaged 3.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocks. He hit 46.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, while shooting 72.7 percent at the free-throw line. Bitadze made his NBA debut on Oct. 26 against the Cavaliers, playing four minutes off the bench and finishing with two points and one rebound. Two games later, on Nov. 1 against the Cavaliers, Bitadze posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in 25 minutes. He made his first NBA start on Nov. 3 against Chicago, posting nine points, four rebounds, three assists, and four blocks in 19 minutes. On Nov. 6 against Washington, Bitadze scored a season-high 13 points, to go with three rebounds and an assist. He established another season-high on Nov. 5 against Charlotte with 11 rebounds. Bitadze registered four blocks in three consecutive games to begin November. After the season restarted in Orlando, Bitadze appeared in five of the Pacers' 12 contests.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
The 18th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bitadze appeared in 54 games for the Pacers, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.7 minutes. The rookie drew two starts, as well, averaging 7.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.5 assists across 25.5 minutes in those contests. Heading into 2020-21, Bitadze should continue occupying a backup role, though Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are still expected to play the vast majority of center minutes. As a result, unless one of those two suffers a significant injury, Bitadze is unlikely to be fantasy-relevant. He's still an intriguing dynasty option, but even in deeper redraft leagues, there are plenty of players with higher upside for the upcoming season.
Out of the country of Georgia, Bitadze was drafted 18th overall by the Pacers. He boasts the size (7-feet, 258 pounds) and skillset of a modern NBA center with the ability to score inside and out. Bitadze also has shown the ability to be a strong interior defender and shot-blocker, but lacks the verticality of some big men in the league. He's just 20 years old, but like many international prospects, has been a professional basketball player for a long time. Bitadze went pro in 2015-16, and he played 51 games and made 29 starts between two separate teams last season, averaging 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.1 assists in 23.4 minutes. His shooting splits were impressive, as the big man shot 57.1 percent from the field, 67.9 percent from the charity stripe, and went 36-of-90 (40.0 percent) from distance. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are ahead of the rookie in the rotation, but it appears Bitadze will have the first crack at the backup center role. While it's unlikely he'll hold standard league fantasy relevance, he makes for an intriguing deep league or dynasty option as a young big who can block shots and hit threes.
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Leaving Summer League team
CIndiana Pacers
Back
August 12, 2021
Bitadze (personal, back) won't rejoin the Pacers for the final two games of the Summer League schedule, according to Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com,
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Back to bench
CIndiana Pacers
May 16, 2021
Bitadze will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the Raptors.
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Solid all-around effort in loss
CIndiana Pacers
May 13, 2021
Bitadze finished Thursday's loss to Milwaukee with 10 points (2-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds and four assists across 24 minutes.
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Available Thursday
CIndiana Pacers
May 6, 2021
Bitadze (ankle) will be available for Thursday's game against Atlanta, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Questionable vs. Hawks
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Ankle
May 6, 2021
Bitadze (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Hawks, Brad Rowland of Locked On Hawks reports.
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