Tornike Shengelia got a taste of NBA action with the Brooklyn Nets in 19 games last season, but how much more he’ll get this season remains to be seen, especially with the dramatic upgrades the franchise has made in personnel, including the addition of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics.
It also depends on if he can bounce back from surgery this summer. Shengelia went through surgery in late July to repair damage done to the meniscus in his left knee. It apparently bothered him during the summer league and he didn’t enjoy that chance to show his stuff for the Nets. He missed FIBS Eurobasket action, where he was slated to play for his native Georgia.
The good news for Shenglia is that he is slated to be ready for training camp. It doesn’t appear that he’ll have a major impact on the Nets, but Shengelia could change that with a solid preseason.
Last season, Shengelia averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in his brief appearance. He showed some promise in his last game with the Nets when he saw 25 minutes of action and was 5-of-11 from the floor and 1-of-3 in free throws for 11 points, and had 11 rebounds.
After playing professionally, Shengelia was drafted last year in the second round by the Philadelphia 76ers and was later picked up by the Nets. At 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, he can be a force inside and a fine rebounder, but his chances to have a major impact on this team are remote right now.