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Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia driving to basket (cropped).jpg
Pachulia drives against Washington in 2017
Detroit Pistons
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1984-02-10) February 10, 1984 (age 34)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR,
Soviet Union
Nationality Georgian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2003 Ülkerspor
2003–2004 Orlando Magic
2004–2005 Milwaukee Bucks
20052013 Atlanta Hawks
2011 Galatasaray
20132015 Milwaukee Bucks
2015–2016 Dallas Mavericks
20162018 Golden State Warriors
2018–present Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Zaza Pachulia (Georgian: ზაზა ფაჩულია; [zɑzɑ pɑtʃʰuliɑ] born Zaur Pachulia; February 10, 1984)[1] is a Georgian professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

While he holds Turkish citizenship, Pachulia plays internationally for Georgia, captaining his national team in multiple tournaments.[2]

Professional career

Early years

Pachulia started playing basketball at an 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 various tournaments.[3]

NBA

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, he 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.

Pachulia with the Atlanta Hawks in May 2008

Pachulia signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks[5] 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.[6] Pachulia re-signed with the Hawks on July 13, 2009, agreeing to a multi-year contract.[7]

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Pachulia signed with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League.[8] He later returned to the Hawks in December 2011.

On July 17, 2013, Pachulia signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[9] On March 20, 2015, he recorded 22 points and 21 rebounds in a 129–127 overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. His 21 rebounds included 18 offensive rebounds, which marked an NBA season high and a Bucks franchise record.[10]

On July 9, 2015, Pachulia was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a future second-round pick.[11] He made his debut for the Mavericks in the team's season opener against the Phoenix Suns on October 28, recording a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 111–95 win.[12] On December 26, he recorded his 16th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls, surpassing his 2014–15 season total.[13] On January 12, 2016, he recorded his 20th double-double of the season, and the 100th in his career, with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 110–107 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[14] Later that month, he came within 14,227 votes of knocking out San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard for a starting spot on the West All-Star team for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.[15] On February 3, 2016, he recorded 10 points and 15 rebounds against the Miami Heat for his career-best 22nd double-double of the season. His previous best was 21 double-doubles, set with Atlanta in 2005–06.[16]

On July 12, 2016, Pachulia signed with the Golden State Warriors.[17] On December 22, 2016, he had a season-best game with 15 points and 14 rebounds in a 117–101 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[18] Pachulia helped the Warriors finish the 2016–17 regular season with 67 wins. During Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, Pachulia had an infamous closeout foot slide on Kawhi Leonard,[19] which ruled out Leonard for the rest of the series and effectively ended San Antonio's season.[20] While Pachulia denied that he intended to injure Leonard, he was instantly dubbed a villain by the public and media.[21] The Warriors went on to win the 2017 NBA Championship after defeating the Cavaliers 4–1 in the NBA Finals. Pachulia made history for Georgia by becoming the first player from the country to win an NBA Championship.[22] The Warriors finished the playoffs with a 16–1 record, the best postseason winning percentage in NBA history.[23]

On July 25, 2017, Pachulia re-signed with the Warriors.[24] On December 30, 2017, he scored a season-best 17 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists in a 141–128 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[25]

In a game against the Thunder on February 25, 2018, Pachulia again caused controversy as he fell onto Russell Westbrook's knee after a play. Westbrook stated in an interview after the game that he believed Pachulia's fall was intentional with the intent of injuring his knee.[26] Teammate Kevin Durant later defended Pachulia stating that he had gotten his feet tangled up with Nick Young in the incident,[27] but Pachulia was criticized by many players, coaches and pundits such as Paul George,[26] Kyrie Irving,[28] Gregg Popovich,[29] describing the incident as yet another in a long list of controversial dirty plays in Pachulia's career. The NBA officially stated that they would not discipline Pachulia over the incident.[30] In June 2018, Pachulia won his second straight championship as a member of the Warriors, after they defeated the Cavaliers in a four-game sweep in the Finals.

On July 15, 2018, Pachulia signed with the Detroit Pistons.[31]

Personal life

Pachulia legally changed his first name from Zaur to Zaza.[1] He and his wife, Tika, have two sons, Davit and Saba, and a daughter, Mariam. Beginning in 2004, Pachulia hosted annual free summer basketball camps for children in different locations throughout Georgia until 2016 when he established a basketball academy in his native Tbilisi.[32]

In 2017, Pachulia received the Order of Honor from Republic of Georgia president Giorgi Margvelashvili.[33]

Career statistics

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
Denotes seasons in which Pachulia won an NBA championship

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Orlando 59 2 11.3 .389 - .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 - .754 4.2 .7 .4 .3 4.4
2011–12 Atlanta 58 44 28.3 .499 - .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
2015–16 Dallas 76 69 26.4 .454 .000 .768 9.4 1.7 .8 .3 8.6
2016–17 Golden State 70 70 18.1 .534 .000 .778 5.9 1.9 .8 .5 6.1
2017–18 Golden State 69 57 14.1 .564 .000 .806 4.7 1.6 .6 .2 5.4
Career 1,030 513 20.7 .470 .000 .750 5.9 1.3 .7 .4 6.9

Playoffs

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 - .762 6.9 .3 .5 .3 6.9
2010 Atlanta 11 0 14.6 .514 - .625 3.5 .3 .2 .6 4.6
2011 Atlanta 11 0 17.7 .478 - .773 4.9 1.2 .2 .1 3.5
2015 Milwaukee 6 6 21.5 .400 - .615 6.7 1.5 1.7 .5 6.7
2016 Dallas 5 4 22.4 .375 - .882 5.4 3.2 .6 .2 6.6
2017 Golden State 15 15 14.1 .533 .000 .765 3.8 .8 .5 .3 5.1
2018 Golden State 7 0 3.7 .571 - .750 1.7 .1 .4 .1 2.4
Career 73 26 16.4 .446 .000 .738 4.4 .8 .5 .3 5.0

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2001–02 Ülkerspor 13 1 7.4 .536 .000 .733 1.8 .2 .3 .1 3.2 3.7
2002–03 Ülkerspor 14 2 10.4 .467 .000 .625 2.9 .3 .5 .5 4.4 4.8
2011–12 Galatasaray 4 2 15.1 .389 .000 .600 4.5 .5 .5 .5 6.5 6.8
Career 31 5 10.0 .473 .000 .642 2.6 .3 .4 .1 4.2 4.6

International statistics

Source[34]

Year Competition GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 EuroBasket qualification Preliminary Round 5 23.4 .511 .000 .750 6.8 1.0 2.0 .0 12.6
2003 EuroBasket qualification Qualifying Round 5 27.6 .468 .250 .576 10.8 .0 2.4 .6 15.6
2005 EuroBasket 2005 Division B 6 31.3 .595 .000 .760 13.0 1.8 1.8 1.0 21.0
2007 EuroBasket 2007 Division B 8 32.8 .452 .000 .722 8.9 1.9 1.3 1.9 19.9
2009 EuroBasket 2009 Division B 10 29.4 .508 .000 .671 8.5 1.6 1.2 1.4 17.9
2011 EuroBasket 2011 qualification 8 28.6 .476 .000 .676 7.5 1.8 .9 .5 15.8
2011 EuroBasket 2011 5 25.8 .472 .000 .857 4.4 .6 1.0 .6 13.6
2013 EuroBasket 2013 qualification 5 29.6 .574 .000 .657 7.6 1.0 .8 .2 18.6
2015 EuroBasket 2015 qualification 6 32.5 .466 .000 .725 7.8 3.3 1.5 .7 17.5
2015 EuroBasket 2015 6 26.7 .474 .000 .844 6.3 3.0 1.0 .3 13.5
2017 EuroBasket 2017 qualification 6 26.2 .475 .000 .921 7.7 4.3 1.2 .5 15.2
2017 EuroBasket 2017 5 26.1 .447 .000 .758 9.2 1.6 .8 .2 13.4

See also

References

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