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HOW ZAZA BECAME A HAWK: Re-signed as a free agent on July 13, 2009 ... Originally signed with the Hawks as a free agent on August 11, 2005 ... Traded by the Charlotte Bobcats to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a 2004 second round draft pick on June 23, 2004 ... Selected by Charlotte in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft on June 22, 2004 ... Originally selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

LAST SEASON (2011-12): Rugged and physical big man did a tremendous job stepping into a starting role after the regular season-ending injury to Al Horford, and had one of his best all-around campaigns as a pro ... Played in 58 games (44 starting assignments), averaging 7.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg (25th in the NBA), 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg and 0.5 bpg (.499 FG%, .741 FT%) ... Also placed t20th in the league in off. rpg at 2.7 ... Reached double-figures in scoring 20 times and in rebounds on 23 occasions ... Totalled 11 double-doubles ... Averaged 8.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.1 spg (.512 FG%, .718 FT%) in his 44 starts ... Pulled down 10-plus rebounds in 6 straight games (3/11-3/19), the longest streak of his career ... Played 54 mins (0 TOs) in the 4OT win v/Utah (3/25), finishing with 15 pts, 20 rebs, 3 blks, 2 assts and 1 stl, setting or tying career-highs in rebs, blks and mins ... Tallied a season-high tying 16 pts, 13 rebs and 3 stls (4-7 FGs, season-best 8-9 FTs) v/Bos (3/19) ... Dished out a career-best 7 assts to go with 10 pts, 10 rebs and 3 stls v/Wash (3/16) ... Had 10 pts, 14 rebs (season-high 9 off.), 2 assts and 1 stl v/OKC (3/3) ... Tied a career-high with 4 stls @LAL (2/14), adding 9 rebs, 1 pt, 1 asst and 1 blk ... Recorded a season-high tying 16 pts on a season-best 8-12 FGs @Det (1/27), while coming up with 9 rebs, 1 asst and 1 blk ... On opening night @NJ (12/27), notched 13 pts, 11 rebs (8 off.) and 1 asst ... Moved into 10th place on the Hawks' all-time offensive rebounding list (currently 1,115) @Phoe (2/15) ... Pulled down career rebound number 3,000 @Hou (12/31) and scored his 4,000th point v/Tor (1/16) ... Missed final 7 games of season due to sprained left foot ... SEASON HIGHS: 16 pts (2x), 20 rebs v/Utah (3/25), 7 assts v/Wash (3/16), 4 stls @LAL (2/14), 3 blks (2x), 8 FGM @Det (1/27), 8 FTM v/Bos (3/19), 54 mins v/Utah (3/25).

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Pachulia, through nine NBA seasons, has appeared in 637 career games (214 starts) with Orlando, Milwaukee and Atlanta, averaging 6.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 spg and 0.9 apg (.464 FG%, .732 FT%) ... Has missed 49 games due to injury/illness ... CAREER HIGHS: 27 pts v/Wash (3/7/07), 20 rebs v/Utah (3/25/12), 7 assts v/Wash (3/16/12), 4 stls (4x), 3 blks (6x), 11 FGM v/Sac (3/19/07), 12 FTM v/Tor (1/3/06), 54 mins v/Utah (3/25/12) ... In 2010-11, averaged 4.4 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 15.7 mpg (.461 FG%, .754 FG%), recording 4 double-doubles and scoring in double-figures 10 times ... Started seven games, averaging 5.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg (.444 FG%, .632 FT%) ... Provided his usual high-energy and production as the Hawks’ primary backup big man in 2009-10 ... In his fifth season in an Atlanta uniform, averaged 4.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 14.0 mpg (.488 FG%, .650 FT%) in 78 games ... Ranked 5th on the team in rpg and 3rd in FG% ... Played in 77 games (started 26 times) and averaged 6.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 0.7 apg in 19.1 mpg (.497 FG%, .709 FT%) ... After shooting just 32.2% from the floor in November, hit .586 in December, .550 in January, .518 in February and .569 in March ... Battled injuries in 2007-08, before carving out a role as the Hawks' first big man off the bench ... Recorded averages of 5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 0.6 apg in 15.2 mpg (.437 FG%, .706 FT%) in 62 games on the campaign ... In 2006-07, upped his career averages in several categories, finishing at 12.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg and 0.5 bpg in 28.1 mpg (.474 FG%, .786 FT%), appearing in 72 games ... In his first season with the Hawks in 2005-06, Pachulia averaged 11.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg and 31.4 mpg (.451 FG%, .735 FT%) in 78 games ... Ranked 3rd in the NBA with 3.4 offensive rpg and 5th in total offensive rebounds (264) ... In a Mar. 19 game against his former team - Orlando - Pachulia pulled down a NBA season-high 12 offensive rebounds, finishing the game with 18 total boards ... In 2004-05, averaged 6.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg and 18.9 mpg (.452 FG%, .746 FT%) in 74 games (four starts) for the Bucks ... Saw action in 59 games (two starts) for the Magic in 2003-04, averaging 3.3 ppg and 2.9 rpg (.389 FG%, .644 FT%) in 11.3 minutes.

PLAYOFF HISTORY: Has appeared in 40 playoff games (one start), and has averaged 4.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 18.0 mpg (.426 FG%, .725 FT%) ... Missed the 2012 Playoffs due to a sprained left foot ... In 11 games in the postseason in 2011 (against Orlando and Chicago), put in 3.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.2 apg in 17.7 mpg (.478 FG%, .773 FT%) ... Dished out playoff career-high 3 assts in game 3 vs. Orlando (4/22/11) ... Saw action in 11 games in the 2010 playoffs, putting up 4.6 ppg and 3.5 rpg (.514 FG%, .625 FT%) against Milwaukee and Orlando ... Played in all 11 Hawks postseason games in 2009, starting one, averaging 6.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 23.6 mpg (.415 FG%, .762 FT%) ... Came up huge in first round game four win at Miami, pulling down 18 rebounds in an 81-71 Atlanta win ... In seven games off the bench against Boston in the '08 playoffs, averaged 4.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 15.0 mpg (.280 FG%, .714 FT%) ... Provided a tremendous spark off the bench in game six win over the Celtics (5/2/08), recording 9 points, 6 boards and 2 steals in 28 minutes of action ... Ranks ninth in Hawks playoff history with 40 appearances ... PLAYOFF CAREER HIGHS: 16 pts @Milw (4/24/10), 18 rebs @Mia (4/27/09), 3 assts v/Orl (4/22/11), 2 stls (2x), 2 blks (2x), 35 mins @Clev (5/7/09), 6 FGM @Milw (4/24/10), 6 FTM (3x).

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 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 produced 26 points (10-13 FG) and eight 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 percent 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.

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Height: 6'11''/ 2.11m
Weight: 275 lbs./ 124.7 kg
Born: February 10, 1984
From: Tbilisi, Georgia
Draft: 2nd Round (42nd pick) 2003 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2003
Years Pro: 10
Previous Teams:
  Milwaukee Bucks 2013 - 2013
  Atlanta Hawks 2006 - 2013
  Milwaukee Bucks 2005 - 2005
  Atlanta Hawks 2005 - 2005
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Prior to NBA/Country: Ulkerspor/Georgia

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