With his clutch-time performances lately, it leads to the question: Is LaVine on his way to being the Chicago Bulls top clutch player?
Zach LaVine is building more and more confidence as the Chicago Bulls guard emerges into the role as their go-to clutch player.
A very key piece in the Jimmy Butler to Minnesota Timberwolves draft-day trade with the Bulls last summer, LaVine is making the plays that clutch players need to make. Monday night’s 105-101 Bulls victory at the United Center provided the latest case of evidence for this finding.
LaVine sealed the Bulls victory on a steal off an inbounds pass for a breakaway eventual game-winning slam with just seconds left.
Monday’s late-game heroics from the high-flying guard are just the latest in a series of clutch antics. Let’s not forget he scored the Bulls final 11 points in his 35 point effort against his former team on Friday night leading to a 114-113 Chicago victory. This foiled the much anticipated comeback game for Jimmy Butler.
He may have played in only 13 games so far for the Bulls, but LaVine has averaged a very solid 17.3 points per game. If he keeps this up for the rest of the season, it would qualify him to be the team leader in the ever-important statistic.
Clutch time seemed like it would belong to teammate Kris Dunn, who was also acquired in the Butler trade, but now it looks like it may be up for grabs once Dunn returns from injury.
However, this will be something difficult to reclaim for Dunn if LaVine keeps playing like he has in the past five games where he has averaged 25.8 points and only scored less than 21 points one time, which was in Monday night’s win against Orlando.
It’s been in the clutch moments where LaVine has really shined and helped the Chicago Bulls to win two of their last three games (due to rest, he didn’t play in the one they lost). It seems as though the 22 year-old has really shown a knack for the spotlight and might end up being that guy for the Bulls.
This is something Dunn seemed to showcase himself, before his concussion. It will be really interesting to see which of the two young guards emerges as the first option in the clutch.
However, this is a good problem for the Bulls to have as this great young core continues to build towards a very bright future. Who do you think will be the one to emerge as the true go-to clutch player for the Bulls?