Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9, left) and center Zaza Pachulia (27, center) grab a loose ball against Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3, right) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena.
The country's only active NBA player, Zaza Pachulia is idolized in basketball-mad Georgia. Golden State's Zaza Pachulia, averaging 5.2 points per game, now has the second-most votes of any front court player with 439,675 votes, trailing only Kevin Durant, and well ahead of Kawhi Leonard. Now with the Golden State Warriors, the Georgian is once again in the running for one of the starting spots and even ahead of one of his teammates.
Voting doesn't end until January 16, 2017 so calling all Cleveland Cavaliers' fans! Each coach selects two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with each selected player ranked in order of preference within each category.
The Cleveland Cavaliers duo of forward LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lead all players with the most votes. Such results only reinforce the rock-star status Pachulia still holds in Georgia. Irving received 543,030 votes, the most among Eastern Conference backcourt players. This happened a year ago as well because the country of Georgia flooded the voting system for Pachulia, and he loved it. The good news is that the fan vote only accounts for 50 percent of the vote, while the media and players account for the rest. But the concept of a rising tide raises all boats has reached an inexplicable level, with the NBA All-Star voting results released on Thursday. No, not Draymond Green but rather Zaza Pachulia, who has garnered a whopping 439,675 votes to sit behind only Durant in the Western Conference's frontcourt voting. Another MVP candidate and Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is notably in third-place among backcourt players in the Western Conference behind only Curry and Harden.