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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
Contract: view contract details

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Zaza Pachulia played just 21 minutes on Thursday, but managed to rack up 10 points, 10 rebounds and a dunk to win a bet with a Warriors performance coach named Kurtis Rayfield, who swore off shaving until Pachulia had a line like he did tonight.
Rayfield's beard is almost certainly already gone and watching the bet play out on TV was the most entertaining part of this game. Pachulia plays well on occasion and is averaging 6.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, but he's not a center you'll want to rely in fantasy, unless you're in a deep, two-center league. Mar 17 - 1:11 AM

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Zaza Pachulia had a season-high 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block on 5-of-5 shooting in just 15 minutes of Monday's win over the Sixers.

Pachulia was great tonight and has played well in each of his three games since returning from a shoulder injury, but is averaging just under 18 minutes a game in them. And with so few minutes, it's tough to rely on him in fantasy unless you're in a deep, two-center league.
Feb 27 - 10:20 PM

Zaza Pachulia returned from an eight-game absence with a shoulder injury on Thursday and had six points, four rebounds, a steal and four blocks in 18 minutes.

There are rumors floating around that Andrew Bogut is soon to be heading back to the Warriors, which would be bad news for Pachulia. But then again, he wasn't really worth owning even when starting for the Dubs, while JaVale McGee moved back to the bench and played just 12 minutes in Zaza's return tonight.
Feb 24 - 1:52 AM

Zaza Pachulia will start and JaVale McGee will move to the bench against the Clippers on Thursday.

Coach Steve Kerr wasn't sure if he wanted to start Pachulia right off the bat, but he'll go with his vet against DeAndre Jordan. Pachulia should be looking at minutes around 20 in this game and won't have much value.
Feb 23 - 8:48 PM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) said he's "ready now" to return from his injury after the All-Star break.

The Warriors' first game is Thursday vs. the Clippers and it sounds like Pachulia will be ready to go. Steve Kerr didn't commit to starting him once he's healthy, but either way it's bad news for JaVale McGee. Pachulia said that he could have returned before the All-Star break if it were the playoffs, but he was still sore and the Warriors erred on the side of caution.
Feb 22 - 8:25 PM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) has good chance to play on Thursday against the Clippers.

Coach Steve Kerr said he's not sure if he'll be starting Pachulia. The center did go through practice on Wednesday and looks to be over his strain that caused him to miss eight games. His return would take minutes away from fan favorite JaVale McGee. Neither have fantasy value, though.
Feb 22 - 3:49 PM

Zaza Pachulia (strained shoulder) will not play on Wednesday.

Pachulia was never expected to return before the break anyway. Steve Kerr said that both Zaza and David West (thumb) should practice and play soon after the break, however, which takes the shine off JaVale McGee in deeper leagues.
Feb 15 - 8:52 PM

Zaza Pachulia (strained shoulder) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Pachulia isn't expected back until after the break, so owners can expect him to also sit out Wednesday's game vs. the Kings. JaVale McGee will continue to rack up starts with Pachulia and David West (thumb) out of commission.
Feb 12 - 5:35 PM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) will not play against the Thunder on Saturday.

He is not expected to return until after the break. On Friday, the Warriors used JaVale McGee, Draymond Green, James Michael McAdoo and Kevon Looney against the Grizzlies. Expect to see plenty of that again tonight.
Feb 11 - 2:33 PM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

No surprise here, as Steve Kerr said earlier this week that he "wasn't optimistic" about getting Zaza back before the All-Star break. JaVale McGee is expected to draw another start at center but is averaging just 15.3 minutes per game in his last four starts. Kevon Looney is seeing around 12 minutes per game off the bench. This is a situation to avoid in fantasy.
Feb 10 - 9:30 AM

Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) is unlikely to return before the break.

He's missed the last four games due to a rotator cuff injury. JaVale McGee has held down the fort with Kevon Looney playing well behind him. Pachulia's game doesn't really translate to fantasy on this team.
Feb 9 - 2:26 AM

Zaza Pachulia (rotator cuff) and David West (thumb) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

Both players were listed as doubtful, so no surprises here. Pachulia still hasn't been able to go through a practice with the team, and until that happens, you can bet he'll be watching games from the sidelines. Andre Iguodala has seen the largest minutes increase sans Pachulia, as the Dubs have turned to their small ball lineups more frequently, but he's only worth an add in deep leagues.
Feb 7 - 3:20 PM

Zaza Pachulia (rotator cuff) did not practice on Monday and he's doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

JaVale McGee has been starting with Pachulia on the sidelines, but he's only averaging minutes in the teens, and hasn't done anything all that impressive in his previous three starts. Instead, the Dubs have gone to more small-ball lineups featuring a Kevin Durant, Draymond Green frontcourt with Andre Iguodala seeing extended minutes off the bench. Iguodala could be worth a look in deep leagues, but he's not doing enough to deserve a standard league roster spot.

Zaza Pachulia said he's intent on re-signing with the Warriors this summer.

"I don’t want the season to end," Pachulia said. "When people ask me about [free agency] this summer, I say, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying here.’ Even after June, I’m staying here." The Warriors are going to re-sign Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to contracts this summer starting at $36 million per year, but Pachulia understands that he will have to play on a minimum salary if he wants to stay in Golden State. Zaza has missed the past three games with a right rotator cuff strain, but he could return to the lineup as soon as this week.
Source: SF Gate
Feb 6 - 10:53 AM

Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) will miss at least the next week of action.

With Pachulia on the sidelines, we could see Kevon Looney earn a few starts, but his minutes will likely be evenly distributed between JaVale McGee, Anderson Varejao and Looney with there being no obvious pickup here. The Dubs will also likely be featuring a ton of small ball lineups featuring a Kevin Durant and Draymond Green frontcourt pairing, and we could see David West's (thumb) rehab process accelerated.

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Stephen Curry
2Shaun Livingston
SG1Klay Thompson
2Ian Clark
3Patrick McCaw
SF1Kevin Durant
2Andre Iguodala
3Matt Barnes
PF1Draymond Green
2David West
3Kevon Looney
4James Michael McAdoo
C1Zaza Pachulia
2JaVale McGee
3Damian Jones