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Zach LaVine will start in season debut tomorrow

Fourth-year guard Zach LaVine is set to make his long-awaited debut with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons.

According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, LaVine will be featured in the starting lineup for his first game of the season.

The 22-year-old has been steadily recovering from a torn ACL he suffered back in February last year. He has progressively taken steps forward n his rehab without any setbacks over the last several weeks. This includes recently being assigned the Bulls’ G-League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls to go through a full week of practices before he was brought back to the team.

Head coach Fred Hoiberg has spoken quite highly of LaVine about his work in his rehab stating that he was in “training camp mode” over the past couple of weeks gearing to get back on the court. He had even taken to Twitter just after Christmas to voice his anticipation and excitement for his imminent return.

The Bulls will likely take the precautionary route with LaVine in his first couple of weeks back playing in him limited minutes while sitting him out of one of two games in back-to-back sets. There is no rush in getting him back to full speed as he will be a huge part of the team’s future in the backcourt alongside Kris Dunn and rookie forward Lauri Markkanen.

LaVine will have the entire second half of the season to get back into form and prove that he can step up into a prominent offensive role. He has shown in his brief NBA career that he can be a dynamic scorer beyond his pure athleticism as averaged 18.9 points on a career-high 45.9 percent shooting from the field prior to suffering his ACL injury. LaVine will have a chance to become the primary scoring option and potential face of the franchise with the Bulls.