That’s right—the Dallas Mavericks center, who is averaging 10.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, came within 14,227 votes of knocking out San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard for a starting spot on the West squad.
Here's the voting breakdown. Any surprises? pic.twitter.com/iqOWrfRVXK— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 22, 2016
Pachulia also leapfrogged Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who has been one of the league’s brightest stars this season.
Zaza is having a solid year in Dallas, but there would have been a massive uproar if he started over both Leonard and Green.