For the first time since the 2016-17 season, the Chicago Bulls have an All-Star!!
Sources: 2021 NBA All-Star reserves:
West: Chris Paul, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis
East: James Harden, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Zach LaVine, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
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.
Zach LaVine last 9 games:
The Bulls are now in the playoff picture in the East. pic.twitter.com/26dx7DlBZo
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 23, 2021
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.