3DTV: Much More Than A Dunker, Zach LaVine On The Emergence Of His Outside Game
In the latest episode of 3DTV, the best 3-point shooter in Orlando Magic history, Dennis Scott, visited high-flying Zach LaVine on the set of a SI for Kids cover shoot to discuss…shooting!
The 2 x NBA Dunk champ is averaging a career-high 20.1 points a game while shooting a career-high .507 from two and .414 from downtown this season. After 38 games, he has eight games this season with 5+ threes, including a 7 for 12 and 7 for 9 performance; In his first two seasons, he had a total of eight games with 5+ threes.
The emergence of his outside game might shock some, but we had the pleasure of watching him in high school — where he was ranked as the 50th best player in the Class of 2013 by ESPN — and college — where he was coming off the bench at UCLA — and we knew he had the tools to be a threat from the 3-point line and had the potential to make noise at All-Star weekend and not just as a dunk contest participant.
Before the NBA draft, LaVine told then Kings coach Mike Malone he was a “combination of Steph Curry’s shooting, Russell Westbrook’s athleticism and Jamal Crawford’s ball-handling.” Malone replied with, “Well, hey, come back to Sacramento with us right now because if you’re those three guys, you’re going to be a heck of a player.’ ”
Malone was right and the ceiling for LaVine right now looks higher than a contest winning dunk by the future NBA All-Star.
Source: Star Tribune.