Pacers news: Goga Bitadze honored to be working out with Myles Turner
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Pacers’ Goga Bitadze honored to be working out with Myles Turner

Goga Bitadze, Myles Turner

Indiana Pacers rookie Goga Bitadze has been working hard all summer to prepare for what should be a very intriguing debut campaign for the 6-foot-11 Georgian national. According to the 20-year-old, he has been adjusting well to life in the United States as well as under the mantle of the Pacers. One thing that has stood out for Indiana’s 18th overall pick is his experience with fellow Pacers big man Myles Turner. Bitadze had nothing but good things to say about his new teammate and even went on to say that it has been his honor to play alongside Turner.

“Amazing, really,” Bitadze said, per Scott Agness of The Athletic. “He was the best shot-blocker in the league last year. He led the league in blocks so it’s an amazing experience, a big honor, to practice with him. And now he’s my teammate.”

Bitadze enters the league after a successful stint in the EuroLeague with Montenegrin side Buducnost VOLI. In just one season with the squad, the youngster averaged 12.1 points (on 54.8 percent shooting), 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks per contest.

As Bitadze said, working with Turner has been great for him, as he has surely learned a thing or two about life in the NBA from Indiana’s cornerstone big man. Turner, who was last season’s block champion with 2.7 swats per ballgame, looks to be more than willing to take the young prospect under his wing, as they set the Pacers up for what should be an absolute block party in the years to come.