Country: Georgia
Drafted: 5th Overall, 2002
Team: Nuggets
Stats: 2.9 PPG 1.8 RPG 0.7 APG
Seasons Played: 4
The Denver Nuggets passed on Amar'e Stoudemire and Caron Butler to draft a hybrid big man that was really a shooting guard in a power forward's body. Nikoloz Tskitishvili had a decent international career prior to making himself eligible for the 2002 NBA Draft, but not good enough to be a number five pick. During that same summer, Nikoloz was fresh off contributing to an Italian league championship with Bennetton Trevasio under Mike D'Antoni. Coincidentally (or maybe not) D'Antoni was in the Nuggets organization from 1997-1999 as Director of Player Personnel and as the head coach during the '99 lockout season. He has his fingerprints all over this move.