Zachary LaVine, born March 10, 1995), from Bothell, Washington, is an American professional basketball player who plays for the NBA Chicago Bulls. He was selected by the Timberwolves with the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Traded to the Bulls in 2017. He is a two-time slam dunk contest champion.
Location: G-F (No. 8)
Height: 1.98 meters / 6 feet 6
Team: Chicago Bulls
School: University of California, Los Angeles
Draft: 13th pick in the first round of 2014
LaVine, who grew up in Washington, was once named the state’s top high school player. He played college basketball for the UCLA Blues. After one season at UCLA, he made it to the NBA after being named one of the Pac-12’s top freshmen. As a rookie for Minnesota, he won the league’s slam dunk contest and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In 2016, he became the fourth NBA player to win consecutive slam dunk contests.
Contrary to the stereotype, most of LaVine’s shooting choices are three-pointers and mid-range shots. Except for historical centers such as O’Neal, actual dunks are difficult to use as a conventional finishing method. As a three-pointer, LaVine’s performance is undoubtedly star-level. What he lacks from the league’s top superstars is to cultivate a certain skill to the top of the league.