Zaza Pachulia Once Again Among The Leaders In NBA All-Star Voting
The 13-year veteran Pachulia, who's averaging 5.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 17.7 minutes per game, has almost 100,000 more votes than reigning Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans center and jack-of-all-trades Anthony Davis, the Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins and even Golden State teammate and forward Draymond Green.
It was this time past year when Georgian fans launched their first active campaign in support of their favourite basketball player.
Zaza ranks among the league-leaders in all-star voting for a second straight season with 439,675 votes so far, which ranks second to only Kevin Durant among Western Conference fowards.
"Sharing the hashtag "#NBAVote Zaza Pachulia" on various social media platforms, his fans managed to draw global attention to Georgia's legendary basketball centre. While he stayed behind the Western Conference frontcourt players and thus did not make the three - player cutoff, he did send "special thanks to everyone for such recognition and support". The NBA released its first fan balloting returns on Thursday.
Zaza has more votes than all but seven players.
The journeyman center from the Republic Georgia signed a one-year contract to play with the Warriors and is now averaging 5.2 points, 5.8 rebounds 2.5 assists and 0.5 blocks in 17 minutes of action as the team's starting center.
But he has a long battle ahead of him, given that this year's voting rules have been slightly changed to a "weighted formula".
Under the current NBA All-Star lineups, three frontcourt players and two guards will constitute the starters for the annual showcase. Now the fan vote only counts for 50 percent, while the players and media will vote for the other 50, split 25-25.
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The 66th NBA All-Star Game is set for Sunday, Feb. 19 in New Orleans. This year's voting period has generated 138% more votes (11,174,153) than during the same period last year (4,693,433).
Perhaps one of the more exciting all-star games/weekends in the world of professional sports, the National Basketball Association has always been able to generate viable interest in it's mid-season competition between the best of the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference.
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