NBA Position: SG/PG
Hands: Length (8.25) x (8.75) Width
Hometown: Seattle, WA
High School: Bothell
SELECTED NO. 13 OVERALL BY THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Ceiling: Monta Ellis
- Elite Athlete
- Long, Explosive
- Size for Position
- NBA 3PT Range
- Good Passer/Play-Maker
- Point Guard Skills
- Avoids Contact
- Shot Selection
No longer under the radar with his tremendous play early in the season is UCLA freshman combo guard Zach LaVine.
In high school LaVine was a volume scorer out of need with his team, but his skill-set gravitates more to being a combo guard. He has good ball skills to make plays attacking the defense off the bounce and the athleticism to finish in a variety of ways. LaVine is a smooth player by nature with the athleticism and bounce to explode at the rim.
LaVine has elite size if he can transition to the point full time. He is 6-5 with good bounce and explosion.
With the ball in his hands LaVine is able to take his man off the dribble to create plays for himself as well as a teammate. He has made plays in spot duty, but with more experienced playmakers in Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams on the roster his role limits that element of his game. This season to date he has played an unselfish style creating offense in some capacity on 11.3 plays per game between shots (8.3), assists (2.3), and turnovers (0.7).
As a two guard LaVine has good size and length to be a scorer. He is already proving to be a very good shooter from three (57.1%) and even more efficient inside (70% from two) when looking for his shot.
Playing with a few NBA players highlights the abilities that LaVine has and allows him to play his game.
Offensively LaVine is showcasing that he is a very capable combo guard with very good athleticism, as well as the ability to score in bunches behind the line. LaVine is still developing physically and as a defender with a lot of room to grow. He is on the radar now and has the potential to continue rising.