Zaza Pachulia fell short of the NBA All Star by only 14 228 votes
22 January, 2016
Zaza Pachulia fell short of the NBA All Star by only 14 228 votes
The names of NBA All Star game participants were officially announced by TNT TV-company.

As you may already know, only top three players from each position can participate in the game and this was the first time when a Georgian player, Zaza Pachulia had a really good chance of making it through. Unfortunately, he fell short by only 14 228 votes. Zaza accumulated 768112 votes in total and was fourth in the list of Western Conferences’ frontcourt players, behind Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.

During the last week, Zaza received more than 450 000 votes, which is an outstanding result. Zaza left many famous players behind, namely Tim Duncan, Demarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin and Draymond Greene.

Kobe Bryant (Lakers) 1 891 614
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) - 980 787
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio) - 782 339
Zaza Pachulia (Dallas) - 768 112
Draymond Greene (Golden State) - 726 616
Blake Griffin (Clippers) - 651 860
Enes Canter (Oklahoma City) - 534 499

Voting ended at 8:59 AM, January 19. Anyone could vote via Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram.

For the first time in history, NBA All Star game will be held outside US, namely, in Toronto, Canada, on February 14.

The chosen players are as follows:

Eastern Conference

Lebron James (Cleveland), Paul Georgia (Indiana), Carmelo Anthony (New York), Dwayne Wade (Miami), Kyle Lowry (Toronto)

Western Conference

Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Kawhi Leonard(San Antonio), Steph Curry (Golden State), Russel Westbrook (Oklahoma City)
The remaining 16 players (8 from each conference) will be chosen by coaches. Accordingly, there is
still a chance for Zaza to play the game. Western Conference will be coached by Greg Popovich and he has to decide whether Zaza deserves it.

Zaza Pachulia responded to the aforementioned with an emotional post on his Facebook page:

“I thank all of you for appraising and supporting me. These will be the most memorable days of my life.
I value you love and support more than playing in All-Star game.
Power is in unity.”


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