Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine Matches Kevin Durant in Impressive Scoring Feat

Published 02/15/2021, 11:14 PM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) shoots a free throw against the Washington Wizards during the first half of an NBA game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


The Chicago Bulls haven’t had a representative at the All-Star Game since 2017. But it could finally change this season. After a four-year absence, the Bulls are likely to have Zach LaVine represent them at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

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The 25-year-old has been playing at an All-Star caliber level for the past two seasons. But sadly, he has never got enough votes to qualify. This season, he is playing in the form of his life, and he might finally get the votes for it. He is currently the fifth-highest voted guard in the East, after two ballots of fan voting. There will also be media and player votes, which will eventually decide if LaVine makes it or not.

He is currently averaging 28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game while shooting 53% from the field and 43% from three. These are some excellent numbers, and Nets’ Kevin Durant is the only other player who is also averaging 25/5/5 on 50/40% shooting. Durant is one of the most elite scorers of all-time. So being mentioned alongside him is a monumental achievement for the Bulls star.

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All-Star drought and playoff drought: Will LaVine be able to end both for the Chicago Bulls?

LaVine led the Bulls to a thrilling win over the Pacers tonight. He kept them in the game with a clutch three which almost got them the win. But Malcolm Brogdon showed up for the Pacers and took the game to overtime. LaVine wasn’t able to have much impact during OT but the Bulls were able to secure the win. He finished the game with 30 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.

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This was the Bulls’ 11th win which makes their record 11-15. They are still a few places away from being in a playoff spot. Similar to their All-Star drought, the Bulls haven’t made the playoffs since 2017. Their hopes rest with LaVine, as he is expected to end both droughts for them.

Whether or not he gets an All-Star nod, LaVine’s aim will solely be on the playoffs. He has always been a team-first player, and he will be aiming to do his best to help the Bulls return to the playoffs once again.

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Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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