Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine
25-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2019 Fantasy Outlook
LaVine had the most productive season of his career in 2018-19, though he still dealt with missed time due to injury, playing in just 63 games. He posted a career-high in points (24.7) per 36 minutes and scored at a much more efficient clip than he did the year prior. LaVine shot a career-best 46.7 percent from the floor on 18.8 shots per 36 (second most of his career) while draining a respectable 2.0 threes per game at 37.4 percent from deep. Both his rebound (4.9) and assist (4.7) averages per 36 were the second-highest of his five-year career, and LaVine's efficiency extended to the charity stripe, where he shot 83.2 percent. But LaVine will have increased competition on offense this season. The arrival of offensive-minded guard Coby White (20.3 points per 36 minutes at UNC) may reduce LaVine's offensive opportunities, as could a full season next to Otto Porter, who appeared in just 15 games for Chicago after being traded by the Wizards. Lauri Markkanen, who averaged career-highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (9.0) last season, may continue to ascend, further limiting LaVine's upside. However, Chicago was one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA last season (112.8 Defensive Rating), and the Bulls may need to continue relying on scoring to stay in games. Ultimately, LaVine should still be a valuable fantasy contributor, even if he takes on a lesser offensive role. LaVine has played in just 134 of a possible 246 games over the last three seasons, so his availability presents some concern, but has proven to be capable of a high-usage role when on the court. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $78 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2018.
College/International Summary

During his one season at UCLA, LaVine was stuck on a team with a crowded backcourt. The team's top five scorers - including Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, and Norman Powell - were all guards. LaVine started just one game, but managed to show off his athleticism and productivity in reserve minutes. He averaged 9.4 points and 2.5 assists, while hitting 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers. The 6-5 guard scored in double digits in nine of his first 10 games, including a season-high 21 points in a November win over Nevada. He scored in double digits in just eight more games and saw his minutes fall off in early February. LaVine was ready to go when called upon. He made his lone start in a game against Oregon and provided 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the double-overtime loss. The Bruins won the Pac-12 Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16, but LaVine only scored in double digits once in that run. He made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, but decided to put his name into the 2014 NBA draft.

Playing in NBA's H-O-R-S-E event
GChicago Bulls
April 9, 2020
LaVine (quadriceps) is expected to participate Sunday in a televised H-O-R-S-E shooting competition between NBA and WNBA players and recent NBA alumni, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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All eight players taking part in the competition will film their shot attempts at indoor or outdoor locations at home, with LaVine set to take on retired NBA legend Paul Pierce in a first-round matchup. LaVine missed the Bulls' final five games before the NBA suspended its season March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but his involvement in this weekend's event suggests he's healthy now after having more than a month off to recover from the quad injury.
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2014

Although LaVine was considered more of a developmental project than an NBA-ready prospect, he defied those expectations in his rookie season. Taken 13th overall by the Timberwolves, LaVine languished on the bench to start the year. However, starting point guard Ricky Rubio suffered an injury early in the year, opening the door for LaVine, who wasted little time making an impact. On Nov.12, making his second career start, he dished out nine assists against Houston. Two days later, he scored in double figures for the first time, netting 13 points against New Orleans. But LaVine's big coming-out party happened Nov. 28, when the 19-year-old dropped 28 points with five assists on the road against the Lakers. The UCLA product dished out a season-high 14 assists Dec. 27 against the Warriors. He went on to finish with averages of 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.7 minutes, but LaVine blew those season-long numbers away in the campaign's final 22 games. From Mar. 15 on, he averaged 18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists. The peak of that red-hot run came Apr. 11, when LaVine shot 13-for-21 from the field -- including 6-for-10 from downtown -- for 37 points with nine rebounds (both season highs) and four assists. He also became the youngest Slam Dunk Contest champion since Kobe Bryant and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

2015

LaVine built on his dynamic rookie season as a sophomore, playing all 82 games for Minnesota while lifting his scoring average significantly from 10.1 to 14.0 points per game. Increased usage helped, but he also improved his efficiency, raising his field-goal percentage three points to 45.2 while burying his threes at an impressive 38.9 percent clip. Meanwhile, LaVine became just the fourth player ever to win consecutive Slam Dunk Contests, winning an epic battle against Aaron Gordon; he also scored 30 points in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend. Incredibly, LaVine's season high in points came in a game he didn't start. On Jan. 27 against the Thunder, he shot 14-of-17 from the field (including five threes) en route to 35 points in only 29:26 on the court -- the NBA's biggest bench performance of the season. Just 15 days prior, he'd set his season mark in rebounds with nine against the same Oklahoma City squad. Once again, LaVine closed out the season on fire. Over the final 37 games, he raised his scoring average to 16.7 while improving his work on the defensive end, turning in 1.1 steals per game.

2016

LaVine took another giant leap forward in his third NBA season, establishing himself as one of the league's more dangerous scorers. However, a torn ACL suffered in early February cut his season short at 47 games. He'd started every game to that point, averaging new career highs with 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals while adding 3.0 assists. Even on a Timberwolves team with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins accounting for a huge chunk of the offense, LaVine found plenty of room to flourish. The 21-year-old equaled his career-high scoring total with 37 points -- including a career-high-tying seven threes -- on Nov. 9 against Orlando. Six weeks later, he reached a new peak with 40 against Sacramento, hitting seven threes once again along with six rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. If he'd qualified, LaVine's 2.6 made threes per game would have ranked 14th in the NBA. He also scored 31 points on two occasions and totaled 22 games of 20-plus points. LaVine came within shouting distance of his first career triple-double Nov. 28 against Utah, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds and eight assists.

2017

Minnesota shipped LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen to Chicago for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton prior to the 2017-18 season. The sharpshooting guard spent much of his first year with his new team rehabbing the torn ACL that had shortened his prior season. He returned to the court impressively Jan. 13, scoring 14 points in 19 minutes, and LaVine ultimately played in 24 games before the Bulls played it safe with a bout of knee tendinitis and shut him down. LaVine averaged 16.7 points and a career-high 3.9 rebounds per game, adding 3.0 assists and hitting the 1.0 mark in steals for the first time. His high point came Feb. 9, when the UCLA product racked up 35 points in a 114-113 revenge win over his old Minnesota teammates. LaVine tallied 20-plus points on 10 other occasions. He was once again a major threat from long range, making 34.1 percent of his 3-point attempts -- amounting to 1.8 makes per game. LaVine made a season-high five shots from downtown Feb. 22 against Philadelphia.

2018

In his first full season removed from an ACL tear, LaVine posted career numbers and led the Bulls in scoring. He set personal bests in points (23.7), rebounds (4.7), assists (4.5) and field-goal percentage (46.7). In terms of NBA ranks, LaVine's points per game were 16th, his minutes per game (34.5) were 15th, and his usage rate (30.5 percent) was 12th. He racked up 11 games with at least 30 points, two games with at least 10 rebounds, and 27 games with five-plus assists. On the defensive end, he racked up five games with more than two steals and 20 games with at least one block. On Mar. 1, LaVine dropped a career-high 47 points on 17-of-35 shooting in a quadruple-overtime thriller against the Hawks, missing a triple-double by one rebound and one assist. The other top highlight of his season came soon after, on Mar. 6 in a 108-107 victory over the 76ers. In that game, LaVine dropped 39 points on 26 shots, adding five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 36 minutes. LaVine was especially impressive in his 12 appearances following the All-Star break, averaging 26.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 36.5 minutes.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2014
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • June 22, 2017
    Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.
  • July 13, 2018
    Signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
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Coming off an ACL tear, LaVine was limited to 24 games last season -- his first campaign with Chicago. While he managed to score 16.7 points per game, he struggled with efficiency, hitting just 38.3 percent of his looks. However, it’s important to note that he took 19.5 shots per 36 minutes, which could be an indication of what’s to come in 2018-19. And, he shot 45.5 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three during his final 129 games in Minnesota. If he can come marginally close to those percentages again while maintaining last year’s volume, LaVine could be in for a massive scoring bump. Last season, he also managed to rack up a career-high 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per 36 minutes. The assist rate was his best mark since his rookie year, where he posted 5.2 dimes per 36 while playing 94 percent of his minutes at point guard. Still just 23 years old and on a fast-paced team where he'll be a focal point, LaVine will have no shortage of opportunities to improve on his game, and should see his Fantasy stock buoy compared to 2017-18.
The Timberwolves had high expectations for LaVine going into the 2016-17 season. LaVine started off the year strong, but unfortunately tore the ACL in his left knee at the start of February, ending his year prematurely. That limited the 22-year-old guard to just 47 games, though he was on pace for career highs with averages of 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 three-pointers. In addition, he added 3.0 assists, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and a respectable 38.7 percent from the three-point line. Looking forward to the 2017-18 season, LaVine will get his first action outside of Minnesota, as he was dealt to the Bulls in June as part of the Jimmy Butler trade. LaVine claims he's ahead of schedule in his recovery and should be good to go for training camp, but the Bulls are likely to slow play his recovery considering they're officially in rebuild mode. Still, once healthy, LaVine should take on an even bigger role than what he had with the Timberwolves. Dwyane Wade is one of only a few proven scorers left on the Bulls roster, though it wouldn't be surprising if Chicago ultimately parted ways with him considering the current rebuild. That would ultimately bring even more opportunities for LaVine, who appears to be one of the building blocks of the future considering his age and talent level. With all that said, LaVine could certainly get off to a slow start following such a devastating injury, while also having to learn the personnel of a new team. That could mean some struggles early on in the year, but once comfortable, LaVine will have the ability to take off on a roster void of elite scoring threats, giving him plenty of potential to build on the strong numbers he started with last year in Minnesota before the knee injury.
LaVine took a step forward in his second NBA season, playing in all 82 games and averaging 14.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from distance. After spending most of his rookie year at the point guard spot, LaVine transitioned to a role as the team’s main shooting guard and started 33 games. While LaVine remains an option at point guard, it appears the team’s main priority is developing him as a shooting guard. The addition of Kris Dunn should only reinforce that notion, and the team reportedly deflected several trade offers involving LaVine throughout the offseason. After averaging 28.0 minutes per game last season, the 21-year-old projects see a mild increase in playing time in 2016-17. That should translate to slight increases in the counting stat categories, though it remains to be seen if LaVine’s improvement as a three-point shooter is truly sustainable. If it is, his ceiling, both in real-life terms and as a fantasy commodity, will rise.
LaVine's rookie season was an interesting one. The 19-year-old rookie was thrust into action after Ricky Rubio went down with an ankle injury, and he flashed some serious skills, including a masterful performance in the dunk contest on All-Star Weekend. When it was all said and done, LaVine owned averages of 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 three-pointers in 25 minutes per game. LaVine's 42 percent shooting from the field or 34 percent shooting from three-point-range aren't going to jump off the page, but considering he was a project coming out of college, his performance was above what was expected in a season in which he was asked to start 40 games as a rookie. The future is bright for LaVine going forward, assuming he continues to progress. No longer burdened with being asked to do too much too early, the 6-5 LaVine should have the luxury of seeing backup minutes at either guard spot. He has the athleticism to become a solid scorer and defender and has reportedly been working on improving his outside shot, a development that would certainly boost his fantasy value. For now, LaVine will probably only be a contributor in deeper leagues, but that could change as the season goes on.
Zach LaVine was selected by Minnesota with the the 13th pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft out of UCLA. The 6-5 shooting guard has great athleticism and showed in limited playing time for the Bruins that he could score in bunches and finish fast breaks with authority. In his lone season with the Bruins, LaVine averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. He had some of his best games early in the season, including a combined 39 points on 14-of-18 from the field in wins over Nevada and Northwestern in the Las Vegas Invitational. LaVine quieted down in conference play and only scored in double figures in four of his last 18 games. He did hit a season-high six three-pointers in a February 27 loss to Oregon. LaVine's rookie season will be about skill development. He may spend some time in the D-league, but the Timberwolves are not very deep at shooting guard behind Kevin Martin. LaVine will need to learn how to defend professional players, but he certainly has the athleticism to be a good defender. Look for him to make some waves around the time of the dunk contest, but he may not get enough playing time to be much of a fantasy factor as a rookie.
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Unlikely to play Thursday
GChicago Bulls
Quadriceps
March 11, 2020
LaVine (quad) is doubtful for Thursday's contest against the Magic.
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Plans to play in 'next week or so'
GChicago Bulls
Quadriceps
March 11, 2020
LaVine (quadriceps) said after putting in a workout Tuesday that he feels "good" and hopes to return to game action within the next week or so, Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com reports.
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Ruled out Tuesday
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Quadriceps
March 9, 2020
LaVine (quad) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Cavs, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Sunday
GChicago Bulls
Quadriceps
March 8, 2020
Coach Jim Boylen said that LaVine (quadriceps) won't play in Sunday's game against the Nets, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Goes through partial practice
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Quadriceps
March 7, 2020
LaVine (quadriceps) will continue to be considered questionable for Sunday's tilt with Brooklyn after taking part in a partial practice Saturday, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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