Zaza Pachulia Shockingly One Of The Leaders In Early All-Star Voting

Kyrie Irving and Lebron James are leading all-star votes this year early on as expected. However, one player, who no one ever expected to even be in the race to make the all-star game, has surprised everyone.

Not only is Zaza Pachulia in the race for a spot on the Western conference all-star team, he is near the top of the polls. He sits in 5th place for all-star voting in the Western Conference with roughly 440,000 votes. Pachulia has received more votes than Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and Demarcus Cousins; he even has more votes than Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol, Karl-Anthony Towns, and LaMarcus Aldridge combined.

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What is happening in the NBA? Has everyone lost their mind by voting this average center into the all-star game? After all, he only averages 5.2 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.

But wait, not so fast. This is not the first year Pachulia has made a run at an all-star game appearance when he had no business even being in the conversation. Last year, Pachulia received a lot of attention from his home country of Georgia and famous Vine star Hayes Grier. Both factors propelled him to coming just 14,000 votes shy of making an appearance in the 2016 all-star game.

In the past, the fans were the sole voters who determined who participated in the all-star game. However, NBA commissioner Adam Silver changed this. Now, fans account for 50% of the vote while players and coaches account for the other 50% (25% each). This new system was implemented just this year.

Will Pachulia suit up for this years all-star game in New Orleans on February 19th?

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Not a chance. While Pachulia may have his native vote and other unique demographics voting for him, the coaches and players will never put a player as underserving as Pachulia in the all-star game.

Also, the early voting results are only based off fan votes; coaches and players have even casted their vote yet.

Don’t get me wrong Pachulia has had a solid season by helping this year’s Warriors team establish a post presence. However, by no means has he put together an all-star type season.

Here are the total All-Star votes at this point (1/5/2016):

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt
1. LeBron James – 595,288
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo – 500,663
3. Kevin Love – 250,347
4. Joel Embiid – 221,984
5. Carmelo Anthony – 189,817
6. Jimmy Butler – 189,066
7. Kristaps Porzingis – 184,166
8. Paul George – 138,332
9. Hassan Whiteside – 72,628
10. Jabari Parker – 64,141
Guards
1. Kyrie Irving – 543,030
2. Dwyane Wade – 278,052
3. DeMar DeRozan – 253,340
4. Isaiah Thomas – 193,297
5. Derrick Rose – 129,924
6. Kyle Lowry – 128,940
7. John Wall – 87,360
8. Jeremy Lin – 59,562
9. Kemba Walker – 52,122
10. Avery Bradley – 32,822

Western Conference

Frontcourt
1. Kevin Durant – 541,209
2. Zaza Pachulia – 439,675
3. Kawhi Leonard – 341,240
4. Anthony Davis – 318,144
5. Draymond Green – 236,315
6. DeMarcus Cousins – 202,317
7. Karl-Anthony Towns – 125,278
8. LaMarcus Aldridge – 101,724
9. Blake Griffin – 100,524
10. Marc Gasol – 97,370
Guards
1. Stephen Curry – 523,597
2. James Harden – 519,446
3. Russell Westbrook – 501,652
4. Klay Thompson – 293,054
5. Chris Paul – 173,830
6. Damian Lillard – 117,857
7. Eric Gordon – 76,609
8. Manu Ginobili – 65,832
9. Andre Iguodala – 64,247
10. Zach LaVine – 53,642

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