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" ... has taken children from the Mother's Raising Sons organization on holiday shopping "Z-Sprees" to Toys "R" Us ... 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.
Pro Career ... 2011-12: Stepped into starting role in the wake of Al Horford's injury and delivered one of his best allaround 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 six 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 ... 2002-03: Averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in nearly 16 minutes per game for Ulker ... in Euroleague play, started against Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos, where he scored 26 points (10-13 FG) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 36 minutes ... in the following game, played all 40 minutes vs. Skipper Bologna, tallying 13 points and 17 rebounds ... 2001-02: Averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 55% from the field for Ulker ... in Euroleague play, averaged 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in limited playing time ... 2000-01: Played in 17 games for Ulker, averaging 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds (.521 FG%) ... 1999-00: In his first professional season, averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 boards over 10 games for Ulker.
Career Transactions ... Selected by the Orlando Magic in the second round (42nd pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft on dre6/26/03 ... 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.
- Locker Room - 4/16/14: Zaza PachuliaZaza Pachulia talks after the Bucks' final game of the season
- Locker Room - 4/9/14: Zaza PachuliaZaza Pachulia talks about Milwaukee's loss to the Indiana Pacers
- Zaza Pachulia on Trying to Buy Bucks CourtZaza Pachulia is hoping to buy the Milwaukee Bucks old floor (when it's available) so his native country of Georgia can have an NBA floor kids can play on.
- Locker Room - 11/6/13: Zaza PachuliaZaza Pachulia talks about Milwaukee's 109-104 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers
- MMAC Luncheon - Zaza PachuliaZaza Pachulia gets interviewed by Jon Mcglocklin at the Bucks annual MMAC Tip Off Luncheon
- Zaza Pachulia Returns to the BucksZaza talks about his return to Milwaukee, how his game has changed and how he feels about playing alongside Milwaukee's young big men.