Zachary LaVine (born March 10, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft with the 13th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. A two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion, he was named an NBA All-Star in 2021.
LaVine grew up in Washington, where he was honored as the state's top high school player. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. After one season at UCLA, he entered the NBA after being named one of the top freshmen in the Pac-12 Conference. As a rookie with Minnesota, LaVine won the league's Slam Dunk Contest, and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In 2016, he became the fourth NBA player to ever win consecutive dunk contests. He was traded to Chicago in 2017.
On February 10, LaVine scored a season-high 46 points with nine 3-pointers in a 129-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. With a new head coach in Billy Donovan and averaging career highs in scoring and shooting efficiency, on February 24, 2021, he was named a reserve for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. It was his first All-Star selection and the first Bulls player selected since Jimmy Butler in 2017. In the 34th game of the season, LaVine had his 17th game scoring 30 points or more. On March 7 he played 28.19 minutes and scored 13 points during the All-Star game. For the season, he averaged a career-high 27.4 points per game, which ranked seventh in the NBA. He also reached career highs in rebounds (5.0), assists (4.9), 3-point shooting (41.9%), overall field goal percentage (50.7), and free throw percentage (84.9).
Born on 3/10/95 in Renton, Wash. Son of Cheryl Johnson- LaVine and Paul LaVine, has three sisters: Chandi Leishman, Linda Carter and Camryn LaVine... three-year varsity basketball letter winner at Bothell H.S, named the 2013 AP Washington state player of the year as a senior, after averaging 28.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.5 apg ... earned Class 4A All-State honors, in addition to being named the state’s “Mr. Basketball” by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association in March 2013, learned American Sign Language (ASL) in high school, built a very close relationship with the Metro Deaf School, a charter school that uses ASL and English for students who are primarily deaf, deafblind and hard-of-hearing, visited the school throughout the 2015-16 season with the Timberwolves, including hosting a holiday party in and donating $10,000 from his Dunk Contest winnings to the school to complete a new kitchen project