Bulls’ Zach LaVine planning to improve his mid-post game to draw more fouls
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has taken his offensive arsenal to the next level during the 2018-19 campaign, averaging a career-high 23.7 points per game. But according to him, he still has multiple elements that he can add, and he knows where he starts to get his shot from in order to make it happen.
“A little bit more in the mid-post area,” LaVine said. “That’s where some of those elite two-guards draw more fouls and connect on easier baskets.
“If teams are doubling you coming off screens, it’s a good idea to get in the post. You can get a little face-up pull-up in or get to the basket and get to the free-throw line. I was doing it a little bit more early in the season when I was playing point guard because I’m bigger than most point guards. Now at shooting guard, I’m trying to figure out how to go back at that.”
LaVine has seen nearly a full workload across a season for the first time since 2015-16 when he was just 20 years old. Now 24, he has become the leading scorer for the Bulls, shooting a career-best 46.7 percent from the field overall. He did not make the All-Star team this past year, but it’s not hard to imagine him earning honors for the first time in 2019-20.
For all of his early season success (28.1 points per game in October), LaVine has increased his scoring average since the All-Star break, averaging 26.7 PPG across his last 12 contests. Whether he adds that mid-post game now, or during the summer, LaVine’s potential as a scorer looks to just be beginning.