Bulls troll Robinhood with Zach LaVine All-Star meme
The Chicago Bulls are getting in on the “stonk” meme fever.
And no, surprisingly, it did not involve a “Bull” market pun of some fashion.
Rather, in light of 2021 NBA All-Star Game voting beginning on Thursday, the Bulls’ official Twitter account posted a Robinhood-like graph accounting for shooting guard Zach Lavine’s biggest nightly scoring outputs this season.
“ZACH LAVINE TO THE MOON”, the caption wrote, referencing the wild week on Wall Street and on the Internet, as Reddit-inspired day trading of stocks like GameStop, AMC, and Nokia has dominated the news cycle for the past two days and temporarily upended the markets. (The caption may be referencing LaVine’s other-worldly bounce, too).
ZACH LAVINE TO THE MOON 🚀
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 28, 2021
Of the various fin-tech apps that have made trading more accessible and casual than ever before, Robinhood has been the most popular choice for the types of retail investors who have flooded the market in the past year—climaxing in Wednesday’s volatile activity.
As the Bulls graph highlights, LaVine’s bucket-getting has been at an All-Star caliber level this season. In 17 games, the 25-year-old is averaging a career-best 27 points per game on uncharacteristically efficient .502/.397/.876 shooting splits, to go along with 5.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Certainly, those numbers are worthy of All-Star consideration. LaVine and the Bulls were publicly peeved last season when he didn’t get selected to his first All-Star Game that was being played in his home arena, at the United Center in Chicago.
However, if you’re bearish on LaVine, you could argue that the shortcomings in other areas of his game—like his defense, making teammates better, contributing to winning, those kinds of things—renders his overall value lower than his surface-level scoring numbers might suggest.
Regardless, LaVine is playing the best ball of his career and probably deserves his first career All-Star nod, whether an actual game takes place or not.
The Bulls are 7-10 on the season, currently 10th place in the Eastern Conference.