When you’re looking for reasons the Dallas Mavericks are a surprise fifth in the Western Conference this season, you need to mention Zaza Pachulia.
The center they picked up as a Plan B (or maybe “C”) after DeAndre Jordan changed his mind is having his best season ever, with a true shooting percentage of 57 and a PER of 18.9. Impressive numbers, although not quite All-Star status.
Pachulia is eighth in the voting for the Western Conference front court, ahead of DeMarcus Cousins, Dirk Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, and within 4,000 votes of Tim Duncan. The people of Georgia (the country, not the state) are speaking.
Now Pachulia will get a boost stateside thanks to rapper Wyclef Jean.
If Justin Bieber can’t bump Chris Paul into being a starter, it’s hard to imagine Jean helping Pachulia make up the 200,000 votes it would take to pass Draymond Green for the final starting spot in the West.
But it’s cool anyway.