Zaza Pachulia

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Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia.jpg
Pachulia with the Atlanta Hawks in 2008
No. 27 – Golden State Warriors
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1984-02-10) February 10, 1984 (age 32)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Georgian
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
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
2016–present Golden State Warriors
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Zaza Pachulia[1] (Georgian: ზაზა ფაჩულია; February 10, 1984) is a Georgian professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors 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 various tournaments.[citation needed]

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, 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 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 129–127 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]

On July 9, 2015, Pachulia was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a future second-round pick.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] On February 3, 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.[15]

On July 12, 2016, Pachulia signed with the Golden State Warriors.[16]

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
2015–16 Dallas 76 69 26.4 .454 .000 .768 9.4 1.7 .8 .3 8.6
Career 891 386 21.5 .461 .000 .746 6.0 1.2 .7 .4 7.1

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
2015 Milwaukee 6 6 21.5 .400 .000 .615 6.7 1.5 1.7 .5 6.7
2016 Dallas 5 4 22.4 .375 .000 .882 5.4 3.2 .6 .2 6.6
Career 51 11 18.8 .415 .000 .734 5.0 .9 .5 .3 5.3

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