Zach LaVine has scored more points than anyone in the NBA outside of Russell Westbrook since the All-Star break pic.twitter.com/rtCPFio8Ts
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 8, 2019
Zach LaVine has been on absolute fire since the All-Star break. In 8 games since the break, Zach is averaging 28.1PPG 5.1RPG 5.1APG. It’s been no secret that this Chicago Bulls team has a new mentality and ever since the trade for Otto Porter Jr, the team has been performing wonderfully.
LaVine has always embraced the “Leader” mentality and since the break, it shows. The Bulls are 6-4 in their last 10 and obviously, a lot of that has to do with Zach. The offense load he has had for the majority of the season has actually gone down. Having OPJ and learning to play with Lauri has greatly benefited Zach’s game. Zach has not only emerged as a scorer but a playmaker as well.
Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen have both eclipsed 19 points per game and an eFG of 51% this year. Last duos 23 or younger to do that:
1. LaVine and Markkanen – 2019
2. Giannis and Jabari Parker – 2017
3. Shaq and Penny – 1995
4. Larry Johnson and Zo Mourning – 1993
— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) March 8, 2019
Zach and Lauri having each other are certainly benefiting each other’s games, and Zach is jumping to another stratosphere. These guys have been nothing short of electric and optimism seems to be flying around Bulls fans, who will see their team most likely land a top 4 pick in the draft.
To put my own spin on things, I’d like to call out ESPN.
I cannot give you guys the actual link to this because I am not going to pay for crappy ESPN+. The fact Zach got snubbed out of the top 25 players under 25 years-old is a damn joke. This guy has been absolute fire this year and has improved his game tenfold. It just goes to our narrative that National Media hates Chicago and most of its star athletes.
Get bent, ESPN. Get better and do your research. End rant.