Wednesday, a photo of Zion Williamson being surrounded by every reporter in the room while Goga Bitadze looked on from his seat went viral. While some used the photo to praise Zion’s popularity, a few NBA players have a message for the 19-year-old from the nation of Georgia.
Taking to Instagram after the photo went viral, Dwyane Wade and Draymond Green encouraged Bitadze to take the photo and “use it as fuel” or “look at it everyday” to motivate him. Bitadze also got plenty of support from fans on Twitter who felt bad, some of whom are even projecting great things for him.
Despite playing overseas, Bitadze has NBA talents that plenty of general managers are interested in. Many mock drafts are projecting him as a first round pick, with some mocks even putting him in the top ten.
But just about any NBA prospect with the exception of maybe Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett likely would have gotten similar treatment when placed side-by-side with Zion.
Goga Bitadze is a projected first-rounder, but was an afterthought next to Zion.
— ESPN (@espn) June 20, 2019
This pic made me sad man, hope he turns out to be a beast
— Matt Newman (@Newman1287) June 20, 2019
Goga will be better than Zion
— #LLJ (@PrimeQuentin) June 20, 2019
Bitadze is a 6-foot-11.5 center who averaged 18.7 points per 36 minutes, 9.7 rebounds per 36 minutes, and 1.8 assists per 36 minutes for Buducnost this past year.
Will Bitadze be able to overcome the embarrassment of that viral photo and become an NBA star?
If nothing else, he certainly has a lot of fans in his corner now.