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Zaza Pachulia | Center/Forward | #27

Team: Golden State Warriors
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/10/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 270
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (13) / ORL
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Zaza Pachulia scored five points with two rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 18 minutes on Friday.
He's going to get the starting job, but Pachulia may have a tough time matching his 18.1 minutes per game from last year due to so much depth behind him. Pachulia won't be shooting enough and he's not a shot blocker, so he's not an option in almost any league. Oct 14 - 1:37 AM

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Zaza Pachulia said he's retiring from Georgia's national team.

His team was knocked out of EuroBasket, but it was a great sign he could play after some ankle issues. Pachulia signed with the Warriors for one year and he could stay there after this season, assuming he's willing to take a cap-friendly deal.
Sep 6 - 6:55 PM

Zaza Pachulia (ankle) has been cleared to play for Georgia at Eurobasket.

His status was in doubt after he injured his ankle during a prep game vs. the Czech Republic, but it wasn't as serious as initially believed. Pachulia made it through a full practice on Sunday and is ready to roll for what will likely be his last tournament with his national team.
Source: Euro Hoops
Aug 28 - 11:43 AM

Zaza Pachulia (ankle) said he is hopeful that he will be able to play in EuroBasket.

Pachulia injured his ankle during a prep game vs. the Czech Republic and hasn't played since. However, he said the ankle is feeling "better and better" with treatment, and he's now optimistic he will be able to suit up next week. "Absolutely. That’s the plan, that’s my goal. But health is very important obviously. Especially when you talk about an ankle," said Pachulia. Zaza also said that the Warriors doctors are following the situation closely and they will come to a joint decision.
Aug 26 - 9:30 AM

Zaza Pachulia (ankle) could miss Eurobasket after picking up an ankle injury.

Georgian national team coach Ilias Zouros said Pachulia will "probably" miss the entire tournament, but a final decision will be made when he's re-evaluated in a few days. Even if he does miss Eurobasket, there's no reason to think this is something will limit him at the Warriors training camp next month. Pachulia only played 18.1 minutes per game last season despite his starting role, so he's not a great fantasy target.
Aug 24 - 9:30 AM

Zaza Pachulia and the Warriors agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

The Warriors continue not to miss on bringing back their veterans and they get Pachulia at a bargain yet again. Pachulia is probably going to start again for this team, but he may be a shade under his 2016-17 average of 18.1 minutes per game.
Jul 7 - 7:28 PM

The Warriors are expected to re-sign Zaza Pachulia.

Kevin Durant left a ton of money on the table when re-upping with the Dubs in order to help keep the band together, and Pachulia seemed to enjoy his role in Golden State this past season operating as their starting center, so it shouldn't be too difficult for both sides to come to terms on a deal.
Source: USA Today
Jul 4 - 6:00 PM

The NBA will not discipline Zaza Pachulia, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Zaza is lucky here, especially after his history of causing injuries in this postseason. To be fair, Pachulia is a little wild and his style of play is part of the reason Kevin Durant had a knee injury during the regular season. Still, coach Steve Kerr may want to make an adjustment after the Cavs have been killing the Warriors on threes.
Jun 10 - 8:52 PM

The NBA is reviewing the Zaza Pachulia incident from the second half of Game 4 on Friday.

As they should. Pachulia hit Iman Shumpert below the belt and he apparently kicked someone, so the NBA was obviously going to look at this following the Kawhi Leonard incident last month. If Zaza Pachulia does get suspended, coach Steve Kerr may opt to start Patrick McCaw or even Andre Iguodala to help defend the perimeter after the Dubs gave up an NBA Finals record 24 treys on Friday.
Jun 10 - 3:44 PM

Zaza Pachulia scored six points with three rebounds in 16 minutes against the Cavs on Friday night.

He certainly could be looking at a suspension after he appeared to have hit Iman Shumpert below the belt. Pachulia did also appear to kick another Cav, but for some reason the refs didn't penalize him for it. Considering Pachulia's track record including the Kawhi Leonard injury, he could be out for Game 5.
Jun 10 - 12:10 AM

Zaza Pachulia scored eight points with six rebounds, two steals and no turnovers in 14 minutes in his Game 1 start against the Cavs.

He looked a step slow in the first quarter, but Zaza looked a lot better as the game went on. Coach Mike Brown even went with Pachulia with Kevin Love at the five, so he does have some faith in him against smaller lineups. Expect him to start the rest of the way, assuming he's healthy.
Jun 1 - 11:53 PM

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia will start in Game 1 against the Cavs on Thursday.

No surprises here as coach Mike Brown goes back to the well. Pachulia hasn't played since May 16, but he has been practicing for over a week. Pachulia has been looking at around 15 minutes per game in the postseason, which is probably a fair expectation for today.
Jun 1 - 8:29 PM

Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Pachulia has practiced for three days in a row and still has a few more days to get back to full strength. "It’s good that we have one week off," he said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." Anthony Slater of The Mercury News expects the center to play his normal role of about 15-20 minutes, as the Warriors could use his size to help keep Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass.
May 28 - 10:33 AM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through all parts of the three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

He is basically back to being healthy and is on track to start on Thursday. Coach Mike Brown said Zaza ran and did scrimmage over the past three days, and Zaza definitely appreciated the time off. "It’s good that we have one week off," Pachulia said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." The Warriors may have saved up Andre Iguodala more in the early rounds, so he could take some of Zaza's minutes.
May 27 - 6:22 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through a full practice on Thursday.

He has another week to get healthy and should be ready to roll for Game 1 at home. Pachulia actually leads the Warriors for net rating in the playoffs with his +28.4, which is a testament to how much the starters are dominating. He has missed the last two games to give JaVale McGee, Pat McCaw and David West get some added run.
May 25 - 3:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Stephen Curry
2Shaun Livingston
SG1Klay Thompson
2Patrick McCaw
3Nick Young
SF1Kevin Durant
2Andre Iguodala
3Omri Casspi
PF1Draymond Green
2David West
3Jordan Bell
4Kevon Looney
C1Zaza Pachulia
2JaVale McGee
3Damian Jones