A young and promising NBA star, Zach LaVine began making headlines with his dunking ability and stellar performance on the court. Through hard work and dedication, he gradually metamorphosed from a high school and college player to one of the hottest NBA stars and then to a vital component of the Timberwolves. Read on to discover interesting facts about LaVine who, despite several injury setbacks, remains undaunted in his quest to become an elite NBA player.
A Washington native, Zachary LaVine was born on 10th March 1995, in Renton. Born to athletic parents, LaVine was initially inclined to play baseball while growing up but his dreams changed after watching the 1996 sports comedy Space Jam which featured NBA star Michael Jordan. Inspired by Jordan and Kobe Bryant, LaVine instantaneously changed his focus to basketball instead.
Through hard work and constant practice at the backyard of his house, Zach gradually nurtured his dreams to reality. He began making headlines at Bothell High School, Washington where he played point guard with the school’s basketball team. The highlight of LaVine’s high school career would be in the year 2013 when he was named the Associated Press Washington State Player of the Year, Washington Mr Basketball, as well as a first-team Parade All-American selection.
Zach LaVine continued with his stellar performance to the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) where he played for one season. During his collegiate career as the sixth man with the U.C.L.A. Bruins, LaVine also put up outstanding performances, averaging 9.4 points per game which earned him a spot with the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
After only one season at U.C.L.A., LaVine decided to forgo his remaining college years and declare his availability for the 2014 NBA Draft. He was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Career Stats And Injury Update
Zach LaVine’s professional basketball career began in July 2014 after signing his rookie scale contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Following an ankle injury sustained by the Wolves regular starter, Zach was placed as the team’s starting point guard. While playing for the franchise from 2015 to 2017, LaVine did not only break records with his winning streaks but also won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest twice. More so, in the Rising Stars Challenge, LaVine was named the MVP for Team USA.
Nonetheless, LaVine’s glory hasn’t been without a twist to the story as he has suffered a good number of injuries in the course of his career. Some of them include a hip injury in an AAU summer game and a ligament tear in his left leg in February 2017 which made him undergo a knee reconstruction surgery. Though Zach was later traded to the Chicago Bulls in June that same year, he thankfully bounced back from the ligament injury. But in April 2018, the Chicago Bulls announced that they would be shutting down LaVine for the rest of the season due to injuries.
Zach Lavine’s Parents
Zach is the son of Paul and Cheryl Johnson LaVine. He has a multicultural background as his father is African-American and mother is Caucasian. The NBA star inherited his athleticism and work ethics from his parents. Zach’s father, Paul, was a pro-athlete and a former NFL as well as a United States Football League’ (USFL) star while his mother Cheryl played softball. The encouragement and support Zach got from his parents while growing up helped shape his career. Though he originally loved baseball and hoped to be a star in the sport, he eventually shifted his focus to basketball as influenced by his dad. Paul was Zach’s first mentor and coach who helped train and stretch his agility as well as toughness on the court.
Height and Other Facts
1. Zach LaVine towers at a height of 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 83.9 kg.
2. The NBA star has his net worth currently estimated at $3 million dollars.
3. LaVine is not yet married but is known to be currently dating Hunter Mar, also an athlete who was an active soccer player in college. The pair apparently found love in each other’s arms as evidenced on some of their social media posts.
4. Zach’s creative skills also extend beyond the court to the entertainment industry as he can comfortably add ‘actor’ to his already impressive résumé. He has made a few TV appearances including a role in the series Fans’ Journey to the Star: Basketball Edition (2015) and Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets (2016).