10 Worst NBA Draft Picks Since 2000

10 Worst NBA Draft Picks Since 2000


10 Worst NBA Draft Picks Since 2000


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5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Denver Nuggets (No. 5, 2002)

The Denver Nuggets had the fifth pick in the 2002 NBA Draft and thought they were getting a franchise-changing talent. It turns out, they would have to wait another year for that to happen.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili was a 7-foot forward/center who was supposed to be versatile, with a great jump shot and enough ball skills to score at will in the paint. Scouts who made those claims far oversold his talent level. Tskitishvili’s career is the answer to the oft-asked question, “Hey, what would it look like if Dirk Nowitzki’s corpse was reanimated and played in the NBA?” Wait, what? Dirk is still alive?!?

A native of Georgia, Tskitishvili was drafted at 20, just after helping Benetton Treviso win the Italian League title under then-head coach Mike D'Antoni. He never made an impact in the NBA, though he is still playing overseas.

In four NBA seasons with four different teams, Tskitishvili averaged 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 11.3 minutes in 172 games. He shot just 30.4 percent from the field for his career and 23.5 percent from 3-point range. Yeesh.

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