Zach LaVine hoping to improve his playmaking, limit turnovers in 2019-20 season
Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine proved he was back to his old self after a breakout season to follow his return from injury with his new team after three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 24-year-old put up a career-high 23.7 points and 4.5 assists per game while rendering his most efficient shooting season, but the young talent is looking to make some more improvements going into his sixth NBA campaign.
Asked of what aspect of his game people are sleeping on, the rousing scorer shone light on his flair for playmaking:
“Probably my playmaking ability. I feel like everybody knows I can score and put up big numbers, but I feel like I’m able to create plays off of breaking down the defense for others,” LaVine told Gerald Bourguet of FanSided. “I gotta work on my turnovers, I try to make some risky passes where you get a little bit of tunnel vision and can make some turnovers, but I feel like those aggressive plays sometimes help your team out.”
Despite the turnovers, LaVine doesn’t want the fear of committing them to take away from his aggressiveness and his assertiveness when it comes to making the right play.
“Always, the league leader in assists have a lot of turnovers. As long as they’re aggressive, those are okay, but with my playmaking, I feel like I can take another jump this year,” said an optimistic LaVine. “I have the ball in my hand a lot. I want to be able to play off the ball and get some easy points as well, but I’ve definitely been focused on my playmaking and being able to draw that double-team or create a line where I can get to the hole when I need to and then kick it out or drop it off to get easier looks for my teammates.”
Much like Devin Booker in Phoenix, LaVine was thrust into a playmaking role last season due to the lack of a true point guard — which helped him learned the ropes of shouldering the load for this team moving forward. His 1.32 assist-to-turnover ratio wasn’t among the greatest, but it’s certainly a good initial step for a player developing his all-around skills in the league.