The NBA released the first returns of the 2017 All-Star balloting and there is one major surprise sitting on the list. Ahead of such names as Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins — and our very own Anthony Davis — sits Zaza Pachulia.
Were this a list of the final results, including media and player votes, Zaza Pachulia would be named a starter in the upcoming game in New Orleans. Woof.
Not only is Pachulia producing a mere 5.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in under 18 minutes a game, Mike Prada of SB Nation correctly stated that Zaza has already been more than compensated for his work this season.
Zaza Pachulia already starts the All-Star Game every night with the Warriors.— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) January 5, 2017
In case you’ve forgotten, Pachulia came awfully close to being named a starter one year ago.
Last season, the European big man enjoyed fan love from his home country of Georgia and social media support from Vine star Hayes Grier. He was just over 14,000 votes shy of being named an All-Star starter.
This year’s voting process concludes in a mere 10 days, so please get out there and stuff as many ballots as you can fit in the box. It would be a travesty if Anthony Davis isn’t one of the starters on the Western Conference squad in front of his hometown New Orleans fans!