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Zach LaVine | Guard

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (19) / 3/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 180
College: UCLA
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Zach LaVine struggled in a start for Ricky Rubio (rest) during Friday's 105-98 exhibition loss to the Bucks, hitting just 2-of-9 shots for four points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and six turnovers in 28 minutes.
The Wolves want to use LaVine as their backup point guard while sliding Mo Williams over to shooting guard with the second unit, and if LaVine looks as lost as he did tonight they can always reverse the arrangement and bring other players into the fold, too. LaVine is a year or two away from making an impact in redraft leagues. Oct 18 - 12:21 AM

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Zach LaVine looked great off the bench on Friday with 15 points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the 76ers.

He and Mo Williams are coming along nicely in the second unit, but this did come against the 76ers. Williams added 19 points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in one of the better lines of the preseason.
Oct 10 - 11:57 PM

Zach LaVine will likely play point guard in the second unit next to Mo Williams, according to coach Flip Saunders.

He must have done enough at summer league and training camp to show he's capable of running the point in the NBA. LaVine is lightning quick and was blowing by people at summer league, so it should be interesting to see if that continues. He still is not going to be worth drafting in almost any league.
Oct 3 - 7:26 PM

Zach LaVine said it doesn't matter if coach Flip Saunders plays him shooting guard or point guard.

The Wolves used him at both spots in summer league and he'll likely be in a similar role this season. LaVine was blowing by people throughout summer league, but he really need to work on his left hand around the rim while improving his jumper. He's not really worth drafting in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 2:26 PM

Coach Flip Saunders called the additions of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine a "point guard's delight."

Yes, this is a bit of coach speak, but reading between the lines a bit it shows the Wolves may play LaVine more at shooting guard this upcoming season. The UCLA product played both guard spots in summer league, and he's also said he'll be hitting the weight room to get stronger. Regardless, LaVine isn't worth drafting in standard leagues just yet.
Aug 23 - 3:30 PM

Wolves rookie Zach LaVine, who is listed at 6'5" and 180 pounds, said that he "definitely [has] to get in the weight room" this summer.

"I feel I’m a pretty physical person, just not the strongest yet ... But I use my speed to my advantage," he said. The Wolves' No. 13 pick averaged 15.7 points during Summer League and improved as the competition went along, and he could find himself with a big role if Minnesota deals away Kevin Martin and/or J.J. Barea in a deal involving Kevin Love. "Wherever [team president and coach Flip Saunders] needs to play me at. If that’s [point guard], I feel like I can handle the ball and run the team," said LaVine. "I like scoring the ball as well, so whatever he needs me to do; facilitate, shoot, defend, anything he needs me to do."
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 1:13 PM

Zach LaVine finished his summer league in impressive fashion on Friday, scoring 22 points with four boards, four assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

He shot 6-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. LaVine's shooting numbers have been trending up and he's shown the ability to play at both guard positions. The 6'5" guard was usually taller than his opposition at UCLA, but he hasn't disappointed so far in his NBA career. He'll be worth watching in the preseason.
Jul 19 - 10:56 AM

Zach LaVine shot 5-of-11 from the field for 12 points with five boards, three assists, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

He was bringing the ball up more and using his left hand more than in previous games. Following the game, assistant coach David Adelman said he likes how LaVine does stop-and-go dribbles and goes full speed with his left. While his dribbling looks good, he'll need to finish with his left a little better around the basket. Adelman also confirmed the Wolves are going to use LaVine at both guard spots in the regular season.
Jul 15 - 6:40 PM

Zach LaVine shot 2-of-8 from the field for 11 points with five boards, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 37 minutes on Sunday.

He ran the point much more than he did in the opener and didn't make too many mistakes. Lavine's extra ball-handling did reveal that he still needs to work on his left hand a little, but the potential is there. He'll likely have a small role in the rotation.
Jul 14 - 12:45 AM

Zach LaVine played 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Saturday, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

He played off the ball for a good portion of today's game, which could indicate the Wolves are leaning to playing him next to Ricky Rubio during the regular season. LaVine's first step was as advertised and he certainly has the speed to be great. We'll see how he does in the other aspects.
Jul 12 - 9:09 PM

Timberwolves sign rookie G Zach LaVine.

LaVine is 19 years old, having left UCLA after his freshman season, and the Wolves may have to be patient while he develops his game at the NBA level. He's an explosive athlete who should thrive in transition with the Wolves, who ranked 7th in fastbreak points last season, but LaVine is unlikely to be a reliable fantasy contributor as long as Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio are locked into the starting backcourt.
Jul 8 - 3:15 PM

Timberwolves' head coach Flip Saunders had high praise for Zach LaVine after his first practice with the team.

"I thought LaVine was exceptional," Saunders said. "He has an unbelievable feel for the game. There is no question that he can play [point guard], his understanding of what we want to do, how to play and his ability to initiate the offense and be creative." The Wolves are also transitioning Alexey Shved to point guard on a full-time basis, so it looks like he and Lavine will battle it out for the backup spot behind Ricky Rubio. LaVine was drafted as a bit of a project, so despite the rave reviews, fantasy owners should temper their expectations for redraft leagues.
Jul 8 - 1:22 PM

Flip Saunders had pegged Zach LaVine as a potential draft pick since coming out of high school, and followed him throughout his first season with UCLA.

"We knew about him coming out of high school. We knew about his athleticism as a player," said Saunders, who has now overseen two drafts for the Wolves since returning to the team in 2013. "We followed him a lot. Saw him earlier in the year at UCLA and we had people see him... We just thought that he would be a great fit." LaVine is more of a deep-league asset as of right now, but depending on how the pieces are moved in a potential Kevin Love trade, he could enter the standard-league conversation.
Jun 29 - 9:34 AM

Zach LaVine said he meant no disrespect for his expletive used immediately after being drafted by the Wolves on Thursday night.

"When my named got called, I lost it," LaVine said. "It was almost in like disbelief that I said that, I think. I felt bad, you know, that's not the best first impression." Obviously Minnesota isn't the same setting as Los Angeles, but LaVine is in a decent landing spot for playing time. The Wolves haven't really had a backup point guard for Ricky Rubio and it may be nice for the team to see a point guard who can score the ball with athleticism. He's on the fringe as a deep-league asset in fantasy leagues.
Jun 28 - 12:18 AM

Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III both said they're most excited to play with Ricky Rubio and did not mention Kevin Love in their press conference on Friday.

Apparently, the rookies have been reading the papers, or the Wolves gave them a heads up. The UCLA guard even went to the same school as Love, so it's more than obvious the Wolves are trying to deal him. As an aside, LaVine also said he has been sharpening his basketball IQ with MySynergySports.com. He's instantly a better scorer than Rubio, so he could find himself getting minutes. Additionally, coach Flip Saunders said LaVine was No. 7 on their draft board.
Jun 27 - 1:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Mo Williams
3J.J. Barea
4Brady Heslip
SG1Kevin Martin
2Chase Budinger
3Zach LaVine
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Corey Brewer
3Shabazz Muhammad
4Robbie Hummel
5Glenn Robinson III
PF1Thaddeus Young
2Anthony Bennett
C1Nikola Pekovic
2Gorgui Dieng
3Ronny Turiaf