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Breaking down Zach LaVine’s development as a playmaker, and where he still has room to grow

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome Will Gottlieb, recently a Bulls writer at The Athletic and a BaB contributor once upon a time -yfbb

Trying my hand at video breakdowns, with some of the things that have caught my eye. I started with Lauri Markkanen if you’d like to check that out.

This is about Zach LaVine’s recent great play as the de facto Bulls point guard. LaVine has built pick-and-roll chemistry with both Markkanen and Robin Lopez, and shown selflessness kicking out to shooters and generally gotten a better feel for the game. Still, he’s got a long way to go. If the Bulls want to keep using him as the primary ball handler, he mostly just needs to clean up his decision making.

This has brought up questions about who fits best next to him as his back court mate. Do they want a vet 3-and-D type like Patrick Beverly? Should they go after a someone who needs the ball more like Ricky Rubio? Throw a giant offer sheet at Malcolm Brogdon? Or just put all their eggs into the Ja Morant basket? No option seems perfect, but LaVine’s improvement as a passer will help the Bulls no matter which way they go this summer.