TEAM: Chicago Bulls
POSITION: Shooting Guard
HT/WT: 6′ 5″, 200 lbs
DOB: 3/10/1995 (27)
DRAFT INFO: 2014: Rd 1, Pk 13 (MIN)
EXPERIENCE: 7th Season
BIRTHPLACE: Seattle, WA
Chicago Bulls: 2017-CURRENT (5 SEASONS)
Minnesota Timberwolves: 2014-2017 (3 SEASONS)
All-Rookie 2nd Team (2015)
Zachary Thomas LaVine is an American professional basketball player, currently playing for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the 13th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft. He is also named an NBA All-Star in 2021 and 2022, along with two-time champion of the Slam Dunk Contest.
LaVine grew up in the Seattle region, where he was named the state’s best high school basketball player. He was a member of the UCLA Bruins basketball team and entered the NBA after one season at UCLA when he was rated one of the top freshmen in the Pac-12 Conference. LaVine won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie with Minnesota and was chosen to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He also became the fourth player in NBA history to win consecutive dunk contests in 2016. In 2017, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2017)
Chicago Bulls (2017–present)
2020–21 season: First All-Star selection
LaVine set a season-high with 46 points and nine 3-pointers in a 129-116 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on February 10. With a new head coach in Billy Donovan and career highs in scoring and shooting efficiency, he was picked as a reserve for the NBA All-Star Game on February 24, 2021. It was his first All-Star appearance, and the first for a Bulls player since Jimmy Butler was named in 2017. He averaged a career-high 27.4 points per game this season, which was good for eighth in the NBA. In addition, he set career highs in rebounds (5.0), assists (4.9), 3-point shooting (41.9%), overall field goal percentage (50.7%), and free throw percentage (84.9).
2021–22 season: First playoff appearance