Will Nikoloz Tskitishvili Make An Impact With The New York Knicks?

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IJuly 11, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 17:  Nikoloz Tskitishvili #22 of the Denver Nuggets shoots over Jerome Moiso #6 of the Toronto Raptors during the game at Pepsi Center on November 17, 2004 in Denver, Colorado.  The Nuggets won 112-106.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

            Over the past couple of weeks, New York Knicks fans have expressed their excitement over the additions of Jordan Hill, Toney Douglas, and Darko Milicic to the Knickerbockers family. However, it may come to be that the Knicks’ biggest signing of the entire offseason flew lower under the radar than any other move in the history of the New York Knicks.

            His name is Nikoloz Tskitishvili. Some of you may not know of him. For those of you who do, you may know him as one of the biggests busts in the history of the NBA. In 2002, the Denver Nuggets used their 5th overall pick in the draft to select Tskitishvili, who has since done very little in the NBA. However, at the ripe age of 26, it is the hope of the New York Knicks that this Georgian prospect can make a name for himself in the big apple.

            So, why should the Knicks waste their time on one of the greatest busts in the history of the NBA? Because he is a 7’0 tall force who can play either forward position, run the court, and hit a three pointer as well as anyone in the league. In essence, Tskitishvili has a potential skill set reminiscent to the likes of Dirk Nitowitzki, another seven footer who can drain a three point shot as well as anyone.

            As of this time, Tskitishvili will only be involved with the New York Knicks as a player on their summer league roster. However, making the final 15 man roster is a very real possibility for Nikoloz. He has an NBA body and all star type potential, and he can undoubtedly be signed at a bargain price due to his past failures. Furthermore, Tskitishvili provides the kind of matchup problems that coach D’Antoni loves to exploit in New York. By putting a seven footer in the lineup at the small forward position late in a ball game, few opposing players in the three- slot will be able to contain him. The jury may still be out on Tskitishvili, but I have visions of him becoming a future star in New York.