by Ya Mudda
The Minnesota Timberwolves will have three players participating in festivities this All Star Weekend, all three of them will participating in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with Karl Anthony-Towns and Zach Lavine representing Team USA and Andrew Wiggins playing for the World Team. Additionally both Lavine and Towns will be in action Saturday night with as Lavine will be looking to defend his dunk contest title, whereas Towns will be competing in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
For All Star Weekend we at Daily Timberwolves will be running a little special feature focusing on our three participants. Today I will be looking at Zach Lavine’s game as well as some of his best performances of the season.
Zach Lavine came into the league as an explosive lottery pick who many felt could be moulded into a solid player for the future, the Wolves drafted him based on potential and did not expect him to pay dividends immediately. During his rookie year he showed some flashes of potential in some big games, his 37 point performance against the eventual champions Golden State comes to mind. Lavine finished the season averaging 10.1 points and 3.6 assists on 42.2% shooting. This year his numbers are very similar as he goes into All Star Weekend with averages of 12.8 points and 3.2 assists shooting 43.7%. Here’s a look at a comparison of his shot chart from last year and so far this year.
Pretty similar if you ask me, it’s interesting to note that half way through this season he has already taken more shots than all of last year, it’s obvious that Sam Mitchell and the Timberwolves front office are looking at Lavine as the future of the franchise as they have given him a long leash. Personally I would like Lavine to take less of these long two pointers, he’s only shooting 34% on them, and take more three pointers where he is shooting the same 34% and obviously these shots are worth more points. But hey that’s just my take, Sam Mitchell probably loves watching the Timberwolves run an offense out of the 1990s.
Now onto the business at hand, Lavine’s greatest hits so far for the season.
In a blow out against the Suns, Zach gets to play a ton of garbage time and rightly he takes advantage of it getting himself 28 points against a subpar Phoenix defense.
This one is impressive for the mere fact that he scared the Clippers late going as far as hitting a clutch long2 giving the young Wolves a one point lead over the visitingClippers with 1 minute left in the game. Ultimately the Wolves could not close out this one and get the win losing 110-106.
Finally, a 35 point explosion against the Thunder, Zach went 14-17 in this one going shot for shot with Kevin Durant and singlehandedly keeping the Wolves in this game late. However once again the young guns couldn’t close out the game, losing 126-123.
For good measure here’s highlights of his dunk contest win from a year ago.