FINALLY! Zach LaVine is Officially an NBA All-Star

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FINALLY! Zach LaVine is Officially an NBA All-Star

Chicago Bulls

For the first time since the 2016-17 season, the Chicago Bulls have an All-Star!!

Zach LaVine finally made the cut after posting an utterly ridiculous first half of action where he averaged 28.6 points (7th), 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists – all career-highs. He has also shot an absurd 51.8 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from downtown. His 61.1 percent effective field goal percentage sits in the 97th percentile, per Cleaning the Glass, and he is only one of two players this season to be averaging 28 or more points while shooting 50+ percent from the field and 43+ percent from behind the arc. Oh, who is the other player?  Just some dude named Kevin Durant.

Also, for what it’s worth, I dare you to find a first-year All-Star who made this clutch of a final push for his first-time nod.

Man, I’m so freakin’ happy for LaVine. This is a player who has dealt with so much crap in his still-young career, including an ACL injury and playing for six head coaches in seven seasons. For years analysts and fans alike have questioned his ability to be a winning player and transform into anything more than a flashy dunker. Well, here we are. He is now one of the Eastern Conference’s best players and making a serious case to be a cornerstone piece for this evolving Bulls team.

Put some respect on his name.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.