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Zach LaVine | Guard

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (20) / 3/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 183
College: UCLA
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Zach LaVine scored 19 points during a 101-91 win over the Kings on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.
He did have a favorable matchup, but LaVine has been very effective in his starts this year. In his five starts, he's averaged 20.6 points, 4.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys in 29.8 minutes per game. He has to be owned in all leagues right now. Nov 28 - 3:41 AM

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Zach LaVine will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Kings with Ricky Rubio (ankle) unavailable.

LaVine's value gets a nice boost with the move to the starting five. In his four previous starts, LaVine has compiled averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game, so make sure you have him active for tonight's favorable matchup with the Kings. Additionally, LaVine is a below-average defender, so Rajon Rondo could go bonkers tonight for the Kings sans DeMarcus Cousins.
Nov 27 - 9:58 PM

Zach LaVine came off the bench on Wednesday for 18 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes of action.

LaVine had less success defensively -- at one point he yielded five consecutive layups while attempting to guard Jeff Teague, four of which Teague made and one of which led to free throws. He's a work in progress, but is still doing enough to return late-round fantasy value in just 24.1 minutes per game. He'll also have a bigger role if Ricky Rubio's ankle injury keeps him out on Friday.
Nov 25 - 11:47 PM

Zach LaVine scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He played 8.6 minutes next to Ricky Rubio tonight, which is just a shade down from his 11 minutes on Tuesday. The LaVine SG experiment had its funding pulled earlier this year, but now the team is clearly going to try it again. He should be owned in all leagues with the new rotation favoring him.
Nov 20 - 11:26 PM

Zach LaVine returned to the bench for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat, but he still managed to score 17 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

Ricky Rubio (hamstring) returned to action and logged 27 minutes, but it's not a surprise to the see the Wolves ease him back into action. LaVine isn't a great shooter, but he is incredibly confident right now and his game is really starting to come around. LaVine will be very tough to rely on when Rubio is active, but you might as well hold onto him for now considering the Wolves will play their second game of a back-to-back set on Wednesday vs. the Magic.
Nov 17 - 11:28 PM

Zach LaVine will return to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Heat, with Ricky Rubio (hamstring) back in the starting lineup.

LaVine really struggled off the bench earlier in the season, so this isn't great news for his fantasy value. It’ll be interesting to see if LaVine can keep his momentum going despite the demotion to the second-unit.
Nov 17 - 6:50 PM

Zach LaVine's hot streak continued on Sunday as he went off for 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with four 3-pointers, three boards, three assists and one turnover in just 17 minutes of action.

LaVine's stat line could have gone into ridiculous territory had he not been hampered by foul trouble, but tis the life of a second-year player. The major asterisk here is that LaVine has been going off sans Ricky Rubio (hamstring), but he was pretty much garbage while coming off the bench earlier in the season and that's where he'll be headed once Rubio returns. If you want to pickup LaVine and ride the hot streak it makes sense, but don't drop anyone with a long-term outlook as LaVine was averaging a meager 8.7 points, 4.0 assists and 2.2 turnovers per game as a reserve.
Nov 15 - 7:07 PM

Zach LaVine scored a season-high 26 points against the Pacers on Friday with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

He was cookin' late and helped his team almost pull off a big comeback. The Wolves have ditched the LaVine SG experiment, so he won't have much value while Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is healthy. For whatever reason, Rubio has been probable to play in the last two games, so he shouldn't be out much longer. Unless you have garbage at the end of your roster, you can probably leave LaVine on the wire.
Nov 13 - 10:02 PM

Zach LaVine started for Ricky Rubio (hamstring) on Thursday, making 3-of-11 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

He also forgot that Stephen Curry is Stephen Curry and left him open way too often. Rubio shouldn't be out too long and the LaVine SG experiment has gone horribly wrong, so there's little reason to add him right now. If Rubio does need to miss extended time, he'd be worth a look in any league, though.
Nov 12 - 10:50 PM

Zach LaVine started in place of Ricky Rubio (sore knee) on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, scoring 20 points with eight assists, five boards, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

LaVine also had a whopping eight turnovers, but any owner who was bold enough to use him obviously won't mind tonight's stat line. Rubio was a late scratch and his injury isn't serious, so he should be back with the starters for Thursday's game against Golden State. LaVine does have some stash appeal because he should play more down the stretch, but owners in standard leagues can leave him on the wire unless Rubio misses more time.
Nov 10 - 11:23 PM

Zach LaVine played 20 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring eight points with three boards, three assists and one steal.

Andre Miller didn't play at all, and it looks like LaVine will handle the backup point-guard duties moving forward. 20 minutes per game is a fair expectation and his role should grow after the All-Star break, but LaVine is better suited for deeper leagues at the moment.
Oct 29 - 2:02 AM

Timberwolves exercised the contract option of G Zach LaVine.

This is just standard procedure. LaVine has more hype around his dunking than fantasy value.
Oct 23 - 8:18 PM

Wolves reported Jerry Zgoda hinted that Zach LaVine will be coming off the bench to start the season.

LaVine hasn't been good at all in the preseason and it sounds like they are transitioning him back to being a point guard behind Ricky Rubio. For now, it sounds like Andrew Wiggins and Tayshaun Prince are slated to start on the wings, and this is a huge buzzkill for LaVine's fantasy value. For now, LaVine is more of a deep league stash.
Oct 20 - 8:08 PM

Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Zach LaVine is playing "very tentative."

"Zach right now is playing very tentative," Mitchell said. "We knew we were going to have to be patient. He’s probably thinking too much, and that’s probably natural for young guys. We have to get him to play more and stop thinking so much." LaVine has shot just 3-of-21 from the field through two preseason games, so it's clear that he has a lot of work to do. LaVine will be starting at shooting guard over Kevin Martin this season, but he is nothing more than a late-round flier until he can improve his efficiency and shooting.
Oct 11 - 12:16 PM

Zach LaVine made 1-of-8 from the field for three points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

He's coming off a 2-of-11 game to start his preseason, so needless to say this isn't the start he wanted. After the switch to SG at Vegas, his shot selection was among worst at the event. The Wolves really want him to succeed as a wing, but there will be some serious growing pains. He's fun to watch, but he'll be hurting your fantasy team for much of this season.
Oct 10 - 10:28 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Andre Miller
4Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Kevin Martin
SF1Tayshaun Prince
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Nikola Pekovic