Former top five pick Nikoloz Tskitishvili recently expressed a desire to return to the NBA, and now he’s getting his chance, as David Pick says Tskitishvili has scored a camp invite from the Los Angeles Clippers. Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania confirmed the report.
Tskitishvili has been playing overseas since last appearing in the NBA in 2006, and he’s had recent success playing in Lebanon:
Clippers power-forward signee Nikoloz Tskitishvili averaged 21.1 points & 11.6 boards in Lebanon.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) September 10, 2015
Tskitishvili came into the NBA as the No. 5 pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2002. He never made anything of himself in the league despite his high draft standing, and he played for four different NBA teams over four years. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game over those four years, in which he appeared in just 172 games.
Now getting another chance with the Clippers, Tskitishvili will finally get a chance to prove he can play at the highest level. Los Angeles has 15 players under contract, although Chuck Hayes‘s deal is non-guaranteed. Even if Tskitishvili doesn’t make the Clippers, a strong showing in camp could lead to opportunities elsewhere.