Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine
24-Year-Old GuardG
Chicago Bulls
Out
Injury Thigh
Est. Return 3/23/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $78 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2018.
Late scratch Wednesday
GChicago Bulls
Thigh
March 20, 2019
LaVine (thigh) won't play in Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.
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After being designated as available, LaVine was a late scratch Wednesday. He's dealing with a thigh bruise and likely felt more pain than he anticipated while warming up ahead of tipoff. Antonio Blakeney will get the start, while LaVine prepares for a potential return Saturday against the Jazz.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Confirmed available
GChicago Bulls
March 20, 2019
LaVine (thigh) will play Wednesday against the Wizards, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Expects to play
GChicago Bulls
Thigh
March 20, 2019
LaVine (thigh) is expected to play Wednesday against Washington, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Questionable Wednesday
GChicago Bulls
Thigh
March 19, 2019
LaVine is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards due to a bruised right thigh, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Drops game-high 31 points in return
GChicago Bulls
March 16, 2019
LaVine finished with 31 points (9-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 10-13 FT), seven rebounds, and seven assists in 38 minutes during Friday's 128-121 loss to the Clippers.
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Cleared to play
GChicago Bulls
March 15, 2019
LaVine (knee) will play and start Friday against the Clippers.
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