Hello Bulls fans,
A lot has happened for the Chicago Bulls in the last week. The final piece in the Jimmy Butler trade, Zach LaVine, made his Bulls debut against the Pistons this past Saturday and it was something to behold. His first shot as a Chicago Bull was a three pointer that went straight through the net. The crowd erupted with excitement, and rightfully so.
There has been this misconception that Zach LaVine’s game consists of only being a “good dunker”.
Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more to LaVine than fancy breakaway dunks. He is an ascending offensive talent with future All-Star written all over him. As the third scoring option last year on the Minnesota Timberwolves, LaVine averaged 18.9 PPG 3.4 RPG and 3 APG while shooting 45.9%. The potential is there, but the opportunity was not.
When the trade was made back on draft night, a lot of fans joked about LaVine’s ACL tear, saying he’s just another Derrick Rose. The medical field makes advancements rapidly and a year is a long time ago when it comes to recovering from an injury like that. The wonders of modern science have turned ACL tears into just a small hiccup for a good athlete willing to put in the work necessary to come back stronger.
In his first two games as a Bull, LaVine was limited to 19 minutes of playing time against the Pistons, ending with 14 point, and 2 assists. He was even more impressive Monday in a win over the Heat, scoring 18 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in only 20 minutes of action.
The more minutes LaVine plays, the more impressive he will be as a player. I'm looking forward to what LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen will become as trio for the Bulls. So far, I’ve been thoroughly impressed.