Zaza Pachulia

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Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia.jpg
Pachulia with the Atlanta Hawks in 2008
No. 27 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1984-02-10) February 10, 1984 (age 31)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Nationality Georgian / Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Pro career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2003 Ülkerspor (Turkey)
2003–2004 Orlando Magic
2004–2005 Milwaukee Bucks
20052013 Atlanta Hawks
2011 Galatasaray (Turkey)
2013–present Milwaukee Bucks
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Zaza Pachulia[1] (Georgian: ზაზა ფაჩულია; February 10, 1984) is a Georgian professional basketball player who currently plays for Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born as Zaur Pachulia, but his first name was legally changed to Zaza.[2]

While he holds Turkish citizenship, Pachulia plays internationally for Georgia, captaining his national team in multiple tournaments.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Pachulia was a very successful basketball player at a very early age in Georgia. He was approximately 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 meters) at the age of 13. He was scouted and recruited by the Turkish professional team Ülkerspor when he was a teenager. He became a member of the Georgian junior national basketball team at a young age, leading them at center to beat other Eastern European rivals, such as Belarus and Bulgaria.

NBA[edit]

Once he distinguished himself with Ülkerspor, Pachulia was drafted in the second round by the Orlando Magic during the 2003 NBA Draft. After being selected in the 2004 expansion draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, Zaza was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks where he played the 2004–05 season.[4] While with the Bucks, Pachulia averaged 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game off the bench. After he spent one season with the Bucks, the Atlanta Hawks became interested in him.

Pachulia signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks[1] in the 2005 off-season and became the Hawks' starting center, when he averaged 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during the 2005–06 season. He began as the starting center during the 2006–07 season but later came off the bench. An on-court altercation between the relatively obscure Pachulia and Celtics star Kevin Garnett led one writer to dub Pachulia "Balboa" after the lead character from the Rocky series of movies.[5] Pachulia re-signed with the Hawks on July 13, 2009, agreeing to a multi-year contract.[6]

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Pachulia signed with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League.[7] He later returned to the Hawks in December 2011.

On July 17, 2013, Pachulia signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[8] On March 20, 2015, he recorded 22 points and 21 rebounds in a 127-129 overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. His 21 rebounds included 18 offensive rebounds, which marked an NBA season-high and a Milwaukee Bucks franchise record.[9]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Orlando 59 2 11.3 .389 .000 .644 2.9 .2 .4 .2 3.3
2004–05 Milwaukee 74 4 18.9 .452 .000 .746 5.1 .8 .6 .5 6.2
2005–06 Atlanta 78 78 31.4 .451 .000 .735 7.9 1.7 1.1 .5 11.7
2006–07 Atlanta 72 47 28.1 .474 .000 .786 6.9 1.5 1.1 .5 12.2
2007–08 Atlanta 62 5 15.2 .437 .000 .706 4.0 .6 .4 .2 5.2
2008–09 Atlanta 77 26 19.1 .497 .000 .709 5.7 .7 .5 .3 6.2
2009–10 Atlanta 78 1 14.0 .488 .000 .650 3.8 .5 .5 .4 4.3
2010–11 Atlanta 79 7 15.7 .461 .000 .754 4.2 .7 .4 .3 4.4
2011–12 Atlanta 58 44 28.3 .499 .000 .741 7.9 1.4 .9 .5 7.8
2012–13 Atlanta 52 15 21.8 .473 .000 .757 6.5 1.5 .7 .2 5.9
2013–14 Milwaukee 53 43 25.0 .427 .000 .846 6.3 2.6 .8 .3 7.7
2014–15 Milwaukee 73 45 23.7 .454 .000 .788 6.8 2.4 1.1 .3 8.3
Career 815 317 21.0 .460 .000 .744 5.6 1.2 .7 .4 7.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Atlanta 7 0 15.0 .280 .000 .714 2.9 .3 .3 .0 4.1
2009 Atlanta 11 1 23.6 .415 .000 .762 6.9 .3 .5 .3 6.9
2010 Atlanta 11 0 14.6 .514 .000 .625 3.5 .3 .2 .6 4.6
2011 Atlanta 11 0 17.7 .478 .000 .773 4.9 1.2 .2 .1 3.5
Career 40 1 18.0 .426 .000 .725 4.9 4.7 .3 .3 4.9

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