Zaza Pachulia became the first player from the Republic of Georgia to win an NBA Championship as he averaged 6.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 70 appearances in his first season with the Warriors. The center, who hails from the capital city of Georgia, Tbilisi, returned home this past summer to receive the Order of Honor by Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. The Order of Honor is presented to citizens for their outstanding personal contribution to the building of the independent Georgian state.
Pachulia finished the regular season with the highest plus/minus per game (+6.0) among NBA centers, and led the Warriors in offensive rebounding (2.0). In the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the 14-year NBA veteran appeared in 15 games for Golden State, averaging 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting a playoff career-high 53.3 percent from the field.
A proud Georgian, Pachulia plays annually for his national team and visits his homeland every offseason. He received over 1.5 million fan votes for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the fifth-highest vote total among Western Conference players and second-most among the conference frontcourt players.
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