Twenty years from now, we probably won’t remember much of what Zach LaVine did in the 2021 NBA All-Star game.
Hopefully by then, he would have played in a bunch more of these games and also had several NBA championships with the Bulls to his name, overshadowing anything he did in 2021.
But 20 years from now, if you were curious and you did a little Google search about the 2021 All-Star game you’d see the Bulls star guard actually played really well in his first-ever appearance.
But more so in the first half than the second. In the latter half, he had four points which came on an open corner 3-point field goal and a free throw.
However, LaVine finished the first half with nine points on 4-for-7 from the field. With 3:15 remaining in the first quarter, he converted his first points of his career in an All-Star game.
Zach’s first career All-Star bucket! pic.twitter.com/7dR8jUdDyZ— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 8, 2021
Of course, there was also an alley-oop, but perhaps LaVine’s most impressive bucket of the first half was this circus layup where he had to adjust mid air after a crappy pass from James Harden.
The degree of difficulty on this pic.twitter.com/FK5ILIzzP3— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 8, 2021
LaVine also participated in the 3-point contest. He’s shooting a career-high 43.5 percent from 3-point land this season.
Unfortunately during the actual contest, LaVine couldn’t find his stroke. He scored 22 points putting him at a tie for fourth place with Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell.
After Michael Conley eclipsed LaVine’s 22-point score and then Mitchell tied him, it came down to Stephen Curry. You can guess how that went....
22 for @ZachLaVine pic.twitter.com/mGgTYOhWKG— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 8, 2021
In an exciting final, the 2021 NBA 3-point contest came down to whether Curry could hit the money ball on his final rack. Even if you didn’t watch, you can probably guess what happened.
Although he didn’t participate obviously, LaVine got a shout out in the dunk contest as well. After Obi Toppin’s first dunk, commentator Kenny Smith goes ‘that’d be a 10 if Zach LaVine didn’t do that in the layup line.”
The Bulls Twitter account confirmed.
A friendly reminder Zach did this in pregame layup lines pic.twitter.com/LdT6qzGq2E— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 8, 2021
LaVine’s team got smoked in the game. ‘Team LeBron’ won the first three quarters of the game and cumulatively were leading 146-125 after three.
When the final buzzer sounded, Team Lebron beat Team Durant 170-150.