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Bulls’ Dwyane Wade praises Zach LaVine after 37-point performance

Dwyane Wade, Zach Lavine

Chicago native and NBA legend Dwyane Wade had some high praise for Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine after he torched the Memphis Grizzlies for 37 points on Friday night:

LaVine was 13-of-23 from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, displaying his talent as a finisher and as a perimeter shooter. He also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals in Chicago’s victory:

Friday was a nice bounce-back performance for LaVine after he scored just 16 points and turned the ball over five times in a disappointing loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

Wade is hardly the only one to see star potential in LaVine. The Bulls sold high on his talent when they traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to acquire LaVine along with Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, which would turn into Lauri Markkanen.

Since coming to Chicago, LaVine has continued to ascend as one of the best scorers in the league. He averaged 23.7 points per game last season while shooting close to 47 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three-point line, and he was easily the most reliable option for the Bulls in crunch time.

LaVine is blessed with tremendous athleticism, though it has not helped him on the defensive side of the ball.

The former UCLA star is one of the worst individual defenders in the league, but he was vocal about his desire to improve all throughout training camp. LaVine also professed that the Bulls would make the playoffs this year as far back as last April.

Every star player needs confidence, and LaVine has it in spades.