Pachulia with the Atlanta Hawks
|No. 27 – Milwaukee Bucks|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
February 10, 1984 |
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
|Nationality||Georgian / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Zaza Pachulia1 (Georgian: ზაზა ფაჩულია; February 10, 1984) is a Georgian-Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He was born as Zaur Pachulia, but his first name was legally changed to Zaza.2
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.
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.3 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 Hawks1 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.4 Pachulia officially re-signed with the Hawks on July 13, 2009, agreeing to a multi-year contract.5
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- HAWKS: Hawks Sign Zaza Pachulia, Aug. 11, 2005; article retrieved March 21, 2007
- Zaza Pachulia. NBA.com.
- Bobcats Acquire Draft Picks In Two Trades
- HAWKS: Everything You Need To Know About...Hawks vs Celtics | Game 6 | May 2, 2008
- "HAWKS SIGN MIKE BIBBY, ZAZA PACHULIA". NBA.com. 2009-07-13. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
- Bucks Sign Free Agent Center Zaza Pachulia
- Galatasaray brings in Zaza Pachulia
- "Atlanta Hawks: If NBA lockout lingers, Zaza Pachulia may play in Turkey".
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