The 54-year-old mentor was adamant about LaVine's chances, especially after the 24-year-old supreme athlete singlehandedly willed the Bulls to a mighty comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.
“If that’s not an All-Star performance, I don’t know what is,” Boylen said of LaVine, per ESPN reporter Eric Woodyard.
LaVine recorded 42 points, six boards, three dimes, five steals, and two blocks in 39 minutes. He also shot 19-for-31 from the field and made two of six from deep.
The Bulls, who were down by 19 points at home at one point, leaned on the former UCLA Bruin in the second half to steal the victory. LaVine was basically untouchable in the final 24 minutes of the ball game, notching 27 second half points with 21 of those coming in the final frame.
The 6-foot-6 guard posted 27 of Chicago's 31 points in the fourth, as the home team limited the Cavs to just 14 markers in the final 12 minutes.
In 44 games for the Bulls this year, LaVine has been enjoying career averages across the board, averaging All Star-worthy numbers of 25.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.4 steals in 34.1 minutes per game. Known as an inefficient player during his early years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, LaVine has also upped his shooting percentages from the field (44.6) and from downtown (39.1).
Based on the latest All Star votes tally, Zach LaVine will unlikely be a starter as he is currently in sixth place among guards in the Eastern Conference with 847,632 votes. He is trailing guys like Trae Young, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Derrick Rose, and Kyle Lowry.
The Bulls are currently out of the playoff picture with a 16-28 slate (10th in the East) which may hurt his chances even more.