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Zaza Pachulia
ზაზა ფაჩულია
Zaza Pachulia.jpg
Pachulia with the Hawks in 2008
Atlanta Hawks  – No. 27
Forward/Center
Born February 10, 1984 (1984-02-10) (age 26)
Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR
Nationality Georgian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
League NBA
Salary $4,750,000
Draft 42nd overall, 2003
Orlando Magic
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Ülkerspor (1999–03)
Orlando Magic (2003–04)
Milwaukee Bucks (2004–05)
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Zaza Pachulia, born Zaur Pachulia[1] (Georgian: ზაზა ფაჩულია) (born February 10, 1984 in Tbilisi, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (present Georgia)), is a Georgian professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA.

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Early athletic career

Pachulia was a very successful basketball player at a very early age in Georgia. He was approximately 6 feet 8 inches (2.04 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 national basketball team of Georgia at a young age and led his team as a center to beat other Eastern European rivals, such as Belarus and Bulgaria.

National Basketball Association

After distinguishing himself with Ülkerspor, Pachulia was drafted in the second round by Orlando Magic in 2003 NBA Draft. Zaza ended up spending the 2004–05 season with the Milwaukee Bucks to whom he was traded from the Charlotte Bobcats, by whom he was selected in the 2004 expansion draft.[2] While with the Bucks, Pachulia averaged 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game off the bench. After spending 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.[3] Pachulia officially re-signed with the Hawks on July 8, 2009, agreeing to a multi-year contract.

National team

Zaza Pachulia is a member of the Georgia national basketball team.

NBA 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

Regular season

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 .4 .3 6.2
Career 422 162 21.2 .457 .000 .737 5.6 1.0 .7 .3 7.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Atlanta 7 0 15.0 .280 .000 .714 2.9 .3 .3 .0 4.1
2008–09 Atlanta 11 1 23.6 .415 .000 .762 6.9 .3 .4 .3 6.9
Career 18 1 20.3 .372 .000 .746 5.3 .3 .4 .2 5.8

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