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Scout's Take

On 21-year-old Nikoloz Tskitishvili, the No. 5 pick in 2002, who went from the Nuggets to the Warriors in a four-player trade last Thursday:

"He's 7 feet and he's a decent shooter, but it doesn't look as if he's put a lot of work into his game because he hasn't shown much improvement. The rare times he's gotten minutes, he showed little in the way of instincts. Here's a guy who has all the skills and who must have done well on the tests that teams use to forecast a player's potential, but he doesn't have the understanding of the game necessary to put those skills to use. He could make a career for himself as a spot-up shooter--a three-point specialist like Matt Bullard--but it wouldn't surprise me if he went back to Europe after this season and we never saw him again."