Viktor Sanikidze

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Viktor Sanikidze
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Free agent
Position Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1986-04-01) April 1, 1986 (age 31)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
Nationality Georgian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College Globe Tech JC (2001–2002)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2006 SAOS JDA Dijon
2006–2007 MMT Estudiantes
2008 Dinamo Tbilisi
2008–2009 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2009–2012 Virtus Bologna
2012–2013 Montepaschi Siena
2013–2014 CAI Zaragoza
2014–2015 UNICS Kazan
2015–2016 TED Ankara Kolejliler
2016–2017 Aris Thessaloniki
Career highlights and awards

Viktor Sanikidze (alternate spelling: Victor)[1] (born April 1, 1986) is a Georgian professional basketball player who last played for Aris Thessaloniki of the Greek Basket League. He plays at both the small forward and power forward positions.

Early years[edit]

Sanikidze began his basketball career with the Academy Tbilisi youth teams in the Georgian Republic. In the 2001–02 season, Sanikidze attended and played basketball for Globe Tech Junior College in New York City. In the 2002–03 season, he returned home to Georgia, to play once again for Academy Tbilisi.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

In 2003, Sanikidze signed with SAOS JDA Dijon, a pro club in the French Pro A League and a club competing in the European fourth-tier level league, the FIBA Europe Cup (later re-named FIBA EuroCup Challenge), at the time he joined the team. JDA Dijon made the FIBA Europe Cup finals, where they lost to Mitteldeutscher, during Sanikidze's first season with the club. He spent three seasons in France (2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06).

Sanikidze spent the 2006–07 season with the Spanish ACB League club MMT Estudiantes, a team that was competing in the European third-tier level league, the FIBA EuroCup (later re-named to EuroChallenge), at the time he joined the team. He missed the entire the 2007–08 season due to injury.

Sanikidze joined the Estonian League club Tartu Ülikool/Rock for the 2008–09 season. Tartu Ülikool/Rock also competed in the EuroChallenge League, the third-tier level of European-wide basketball, and the regional Baltic League. In August 2009, he moved to the Italian League club Virtus Bologna. On July 11, 2012, Sanikidze signed a multi-year deal with the Italian club Montepaschi Siena.[2]

On September 20, 2013, he signed a one-year deal with the Spanish club CAI Zaragoza.[3] On July 31, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with the Russian VTB United League club UNICS Kazan.[4] On August 3, 2015, Sanikidze signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler of the Turkish League.[5]

On September 6, 2016, Sanikidze signed with the Greek club Aris Thessaloniki for the 2016–17 season.[6]

NBA[edit]

Sanikidze was selected with the 42nd pick of the 2004 NBA draft, by the Atlanta Hawks, but his draft rights were traded the same day to the San Antonio Spurs, for a 2005 second-round pick, and cash considerations.[7] The Spurs still hold his NBA player rights, but they have yet to sign him to a contract, and he continues to play in Europe. In July 2007, Sanikidze played for San Antonio's NBA Summer League squad, during the Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League, scoring 15 points in a Spurs loss to the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league squad.[8][9]

Georgian national team[edit]

Sanikidze played with the Republic of Georgia's junior national teams. With Georgia's junior teams, he played at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship,[10] and also at the 2006 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship Division B.

He has also been a member of the senior Georgian national basketball team, and with has competed with them in the European A Division EuroBasket. With Georgia's senior team, he played at the EuroBasket 2nd Division tournaments of the EuroBasket 2007 Division B and the EuroBasket 2009 Division B.

He also played in the EuroBasket 1st Division tournaments of EuroBasket 2011, EuroBasket 2013, and EuroBasket 2015.[11]

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