Zachary LaVine is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. He was selected in the first round of the 2014 NBA draft with the 13th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves, he is known for his explosive dunks. He is a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion.
LaVine played college basketball for UCLA, In his rookie year with the Timberwolves, he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was also named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In 2016, he became the fourth NBA player to ever win consecutive dunk contests.
His minutes were limited at the start of his rookie season, but when starter Ricky Rubio was sidelined indefinitely, he was later switched back to the bench in favor of Mo Williams, he got his chance again when Williams was sidelined due to back spasms. Rubio's return that season was followed by Williams being traded which opened up further opportunities for him, he won the Dunk Contest and was also a part of the NBA rising stars challenge that season.
In the 2015-16 season with Rubio again missing a lot of games, LaVine was the starting point guard for most of the season, He won the Dunk Contest for the second consecutive season and was named the MVP for Team USA in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. In the 2016-17 season he scored a career-high 40 points.
On February 4, 2017, LaVine was ruled out for the rest of the season after an MRI scan revealed he had a torn ACL in his left knee. Ten days later, he underwent successful surgery to reconstruct his knee. On June 22, 2017, LaVine was traded, along with Kris Dunn and the rights to Lauri Markkanen (the 7th pick in the 2017 NBA draft), to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler and the rights to Justin Patton (the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA draft).