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Zach LaVine | Guard | #8

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 185
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (13) / MIN
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Zach LaVine (knee) underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn left ACL.
The Wolves won't provide a timetable until "a later date," but he's not a lock by any means to be ready for the start of next season. There are no great pickups in LaVine's absence. He finishes this season with averages of 18.9 points, 3.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 treys. Feb 14 - 9:35 PM

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Zach LaVine (knee) will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL on Tuesday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who has operated on many top athletes including Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Zack Grienke. LaVine will miss the remainder of the season, opening up more minutes for Brandon Rush and newly-signed Lance Stephenson, in addition to guys like Nemanja Bjelica, Shabazz Muhammad and Kris Dunn. There's no clear-cut pickup in his absence.
Feb 12 - 7:35 PM

Zach LaVine will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed a torn ACL in his left knee.

Oh no. LaVine had some contact to his knee on Friday and was originally diagnosed with a contusion. This is obviously a massive blow to the Wolves, who were playing much better in the 2017 portion of the season. LaVine was tied for third in the NBA for minutes per game at 37.2, averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 treys. The Wolves will have to piece it together to fill this massive void with Shabazz Muhammad as the most interesting add, especially for points leagues. Nemanja Bjelica will likely be playing more three and is interesting, as well. Brandon Rush could get some starts, but his upside isn't very high. We should also see more of some two-PG lineups with Kris Dunn (hand) and Tyus Jones.
Feb 4 - 5:17 PM

Zach LaVine (left knee) will not play Saturday night vs. Memphis.

LaVine was injured in the fourth quarter Friday night and did not return. Saturday will be the fourth game LaVine has missed this season. Brandon Rush started in place of LaVine when he was sidelined for two games back in mid-January. However, Rush has fallen completely out of the rotation in the weeks since. Rush has been a DNP-CD in eight straight contests. The primary beneficiary of LaVine's absence will likely be Shabazz Muhammad. Shabazz has yet to start a game this season but did play the entire fourth quarter in place of LaVine on Friday night.
Feb 4 - 2:04 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

LaVine left Friday night's game near the start of the fourth quarter with what was termed a "left knee contusion." After the game, coach Tom Thibodeau said LaVine would be examined again after the team returned home from their late-night flight. Being listed as questionable in the game notes doesn't tell us a whole lot. We will have to wait until after the Wolves shootaround on Saturday for a more thorough update. If LaVine does not play Saturday, Shabazz Muhammad would see a significant uptick in minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 4 - 10:38 AM

Zach LaVine suffered a left knee contusion in Friday's loss to the Pistons.

He played less than a minute in the fourth quarter because of the injury. Coach Tom Thibodeau said LaVine will be re-evaluated in the morning, so his status for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies is up in the air. Shabazz Muhammad entered the game for LaVine and should get a decent bump if LaVine misses time, but he's not a great pickup in standard leagues. LaVine finished with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists on 9-of-13 shooting.
Feb 3 - 10:22 PM

Zach LaVine's shot was off again on Wednesday, as he made 4-of-18 field goals to finish with eight points, three boards, four assists and one steal.

Worse still, none of his makes came from downtown. LaVine is shooting 41.7 percent over the past month (76.6 percent at the line), and it's taken a toll on his overall value. He was outside the top-100 in January, for 8-cat and 9-cat, but owners should view this as a buy-low opportunity.
Feb 1 - 10:12 PM

Zach LaVine struggled vs. the Magic on Monday, scoring 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting with three boards, one triple and one steal in 43 minutes.

He appeared to be out of his slump after averaging 21.5 points on 46 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from three in his previous two games, but he simply didn't have it tonight. "I don’t think there’s much that can affect my confidence," LaVine said on Sunday. "I’ll go 0 for 20 before I lose my confidence." He should bounce back against the Cavaliers on Wednesday as they are allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season.
Jan 30 - 11:01 PM

Zach LaVine scored 20 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

He had a surprising quote Thursday afternoon, saying he didn't want to do the dunk contest because he wanted some rest. Well, that's not the case on the court when the games count since then. In those two, LaVine averaged 39.5 minutes, 21.5 points, 4.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys. He should be all set for a strong finish, especially with the Wolves in the hunt.
Jan 28 - 11:54 PM

Zach LaVine has been putting up extra shots to snap out of his slump, and has seen positive results.

Prior to Tuesday's win in Phoenix, LaVine was averaging 11.3 points and shooting just 36.5 percent from the floor over the Wolves previous seven contests. He put in some extra time in the gym and in the film room. "I wasn’t holding my follow-through like I was earlier in the season,’’ he said. "I might not have had the same balance. And that might be because you’re tired or you get out of whack.’’ Over his last two games, LaVine is averaging 17.0 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor.
Jan 28 - 9:22 AM

Zach LaVine scored 23 points with five assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's 109-103 loss to the Pacers.

LaVine snapped out of his funk tonight, making 7-of-16 field goals and shooting 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. This was the first time since Jan. 7 that he scored at least 20 points. Prior to tonight, he was averaging 10.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, two assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 3-pointers per game in his previous five. Look for him to pick up where he left off tonight in Saturday’s matchup against the Nets, who are giving up the second most fantasy points per game to shooting guards.
Jan 26 - 10:32 PM

Zach LaVine said he's not going to participate in the dunk contest because of where the Wolves are in the standings and needing rest.

"It's just a different mindset," LaVine said. "I'm focused on this year. Getting the rest and focusing more on [tonight's] game is the big thing." LaVine is leading the Western Conference in minutes played while the Wolves have gone 6-2 in their last eight to put them within striking distance for the No. 8 seed. There's been no other word of LaVine getting rest for games, but we'll keep an eye on it going forward.
Jan 26 - 2:41 PM

Zach LaVine tied a season-low with four points on Sunday, making 2-of-8 field goals without any free throw attempts in 33 minutes.

He didn't make up for it in other categories, adding just two rebounds, one assist and one steal, but the Wolves' ball-movement wasn't exemplary tonight. LaVine's playing time is never in doubt, and fantasy owners should expect a better return during a three-game week vs. the Suns, Pacers and Nets.
Jan 22 - 10:38 PM

Zach LaVine hit 3-of-13 shots for nine points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's win over the Clippers.

LaVine is averaging just 15.3 points per game in January compared to his 20.1 points per game this season. It has been a rocky month nonetheless, but his next matchup is one that favors him, as the Nuggets are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, making this a great bounce back spot. Fantasy owners should deploy him as per usual.
Jan 20 - 1:48 AM

Zach LaVine (hip) scored 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting in his return from a two-game absence on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, five boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

LaVine looked a bit rusty out there, and he didn't connect on any of his attempts from inside the arc, but the heavy minutes would suggest that he'll be just fine for Tuesday's game in San Antonio. LaVine popped off for 25 points with four triples in his last game against the Spurs, so his owners can expect a bounce-back performance.
Jan 15 - 4:21 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Kris Dunn
3Tyus Jones
SG1Zach LaVine
2Brandon Rush
3Lance Stephenson
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Omri Casspi
3Shabazz Muhammad
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Cole Aldrich
3Jordan Hill
4Nikola Pekovic