Report: Spurs taking a closer look at Sanikidze


According to Sportando, the San Antonio Spurs scouts Dennis Lindsey and Claudio Crippa will be in Italy to take a closer look at forward Viktor Sanikidze.
Sanikidze was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2004 NBA Draft but his rights were traded to the Spurs on draft night. In 2007, he played for the Spurs at the 2007 Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League and scored 15 points.

Viktor is still set on making it to the NBA.

The main point for achieving success in basketball is to work hard but talent plays a key role. No matter how hard you train, if you don’t have talent you can’t achieve success. You should have both talent and desire to train all the time. Nowadays I am really content with what I have achieved in basketball, of course there could have been better situations at times, but taking in to account my trauma and injuries I am quite content with what I have done until now.

Also, according to Sanikidze, the recent lockout hampered him from coming to the NBA.

“I had quite a good season this year, and I had a chance to play in the USA but NBA announced Lockout, it’s a kind of strike and until February I’ll not have a chance to play there, however I am still in contact with one of the NBA teams.”

Sanikidze is still young, 25-years old, and has recovered from a recent injury so it’s not out of the realm of possibility he can join the Spurs in the near future.

Currently, he is playing with Virtus Bologna of the Italian League and is averaging 13.3 points, 62.5% shooting, 67.1% from the free-throw line, 10.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists in 31.8 minutes.