From: Republic of Georgia
NBA Experience: 12th season
42nd overall - Orlando
- Shot a career-best 84.6% from the free throw line in 2013-14, including a 23-of-23 start to the season
- In 2005-06, finished fifth in the NBA for offensive rebounds with 264
- During his time with Atlanta, grabbed enough offensive boards (1,247) to rank seventh in the category in Hawks history
2013-14 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS ... In his 11th NBA season, appeared in 53 games (43 starts) and averaged 7.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.6 assists per game ... also posted a career-best in FT%, shooting 84.6% for the season ... opened the season by making his first 23 attempts from the line, which stood as the best start by a Buck since Corey Maggette made 33 straight to open the 2010-11 season ... tallied a season-high 20 points on 11/1 at Boston for his first 20-point game in over six years (22 points on 4/10/07) ... suffered a right foot fracture on 12/4 vs. DET and missed 28 games ... handed out a career-high 10 assists on 3/11 at MIN, and posted an 8-assist night on 3/24 at LAC to make him one of just three centers in the league to record multiple games with 8+ assists on the season ... tied his career high of 4 steals at POR on 3/18 to go along with 17 points and 13 rebounds, marking only the second time in his career that he’s had a game with 15+ points, 10+ rebounds and 4+ steals (previously 3/26/06) ... grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds at MIA on 4/2 ... scored in double figures 16 times and had seven games with 10+ rebounds.
PRO CAREER ... 2012-13: Battled a sore right Achilles for much of 2013 and underwent surgery on 4/3 … missed 30 games due to the injury (1/23, 1/30-2/6, 2/25, 3/4-4/17) … finished with averages of 5.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.8 minutes in 52 contests (15 starts) … as a starter, averaged 6.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.3 minutes (.532 FG%) … recorded four double-doubles … broke the Hawks franchise record for offensive rebounds in a quarter with 7 in the second stanza at MIL on 2/23 and finished the night with 11 total boards (8 offensive) … set a career high with 8 assists, adding 13 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes vs. BKN on 1/16 … tied a career-high with 4 steals at GSW on 11/14 … ended the season ranked seventh in Hawks history with 1247 offensive boards.
2011-12: Stepped into starting role in the wake of Al Horford’s injury and delivered one of his best all-around seasons … played in 58 games (44 starts) and averaged 7.8 points, 7.9 rebounds (25th in the NBA), 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 28.3 minutes … tied for 20th in the league in offensive rebounds (2.7) and reached double-figures 20 times.
2010-11: Averaged 4.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.7 minutes ... recorded four double-doubles and scored in double figures 10 times … started seven games, averaging 5.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
2009-10: Provided high energy and production as the Hawks’ primary backup big man … in his fifth season in an Atlanta uniform, averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.0 minutes in 78 games … ranked fifth on the team in rebounds and third in field goal percentage.
2008-09: Returned to form after struggling with injuries much of 2007-08 … played in 77 games (26 starts) and averaged 6.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19.1 minutes … after shooting just 32.2% from the floor in November, hit .586 in December, .550 in January, .518 in February and .569 in March.
2007-08: Battled injuries before carving out a role as the Hawks' first big man off the bench … recorded averages of 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 15.2 minutes through 62 games.
2006-07: Upped his career averages in several categories, finishing at 12.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 blocks in 28.1 minutes in 72 games.
2005-06: In his first season with the Hawks, averaged 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 31.4 minutes in 78 games … ranked third in the NBA with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game and fifth in total offensive rebounds (264) … against his former team, Orlando, on 3/19, Pachulia pulled down a NBA season-high 12 offensive rebounds and finished the game with 18 total boards.
2004-05: Averaged 6.2 points and 5.1 rebounds and 18.9 minutes in 74 games (four starts) for the Bucks.
2003-04: Saw action in 59 games (two starts) for the Magic and averaged 3.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.3 minutes.
PLAYOFF HISTORY ... (40 games, 1 start) ... Has career averages of 4.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18.0 minutes ... 2013: Missed the playoffs due to a right Achilles injury … 2012: Did not participate in the playoffs due to a sprained left foot … 2011: In 11 games in the postseason against Orlando and Chicago, he notched 3.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.7 minutes … dished out playoff career-high 3 assists in Game 3 vs. ORL on 4/22 … 2010: Saw action in 11 games, putting up 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds against Milwaukee and Orlando … 2009: Played in all 11 Hawks postseason games (one start) and averaged 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds in 23.6 minutes … came up huge in First Round Game 4 win at Miami, pulling down 18 rebounds in an 81-71 Atlanta win … 2008: In seven games against Boston, averaged 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.0 minutes … provided a tremendous spark off the bench in Game 6 win over BOS on 5/2, recording 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 28 minutes.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER ... Has played with the Georgian National Team seven summers ... began playing for Ulker when he was just 15 years old in 1999 ... left his native Georgia in 1998 to go to Turkey and pursue his basketball career ... was also a member of the Georgian Junior National Team and the Georgian Cadets National Team ... appeared in 73 games during parts of four seasons for Ulker of Istanbul at the top level in Turkey, averaging 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game (1999-2003) ... helped capture the 2001 and 2002 Turkish President's Cup ... also helped Ulker to the 2001 Turkish National Championship.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS ... Selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round (42nd pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft on 6/26/03 ... drafted from the Magic by the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA expansion draft on 6/22/04 ... traded by the Bobcats to the Milwaukee Bucks for a 2004 second round draft pick on 6/23/04 ... signed with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent on 8/11/05 ... signed as a free agent with the Bucks on 7/17/13.
PERSONAL ... Given name is Zaur Pachulia ... legally changed his first name to Zaza ... he and his wife, Tika, have two sons, Davit and Saba, and a daughter, Mariam ... born in Tbilisi, Georgia ... nickname is “Z” ... a serious entrepreneur, has taken executive business classes at Harvard Business School in 2012, Georgia State in 2009 and 2011, and Northwestern in 2008 ... took an active role politically, when he spoke against the Russian invasion of his homeland in 2008 ... has served as the Style Editor for HOOP Magazine ... in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, along with the NBA and Vladimir Stepania and Nikoloz Tskitishvili, has donated products to basketball academies in his home country ... participant in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders initiative and spent a portion of the summer of 2006 assisting in the Sarunas Marciulionis Basketball Academy in Vilnius, Lithuania ... names Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Sasha Baron-Cohen as his favorite actors ... favorite sports outside of basketball include tennis and soccer ... fan of the AC Milan soccer team ... lists Jay-Z and 50 Cent as his favorite musical artists ... hobbies include traveling and fashion ... wears a size 17 basketball shoe ... his favorite TV shows are “Punk'd” and “Chappelle's Show” ... enjoys eating steak and pasta ... favorite athlete is Michael Jordan ... on Twitter as @zaza27.