Although LaVine was considered more of a developmental project than an NBA-ready prospect, he defied those expectations in his rookie season. Taken 13th overall by the Timberwolves, LaVine languished on the bench to start the year. However, starting point guard Ricky Rubio suffered an injury early in the year, opening the door for LaVine, who wasted little time making an impact. On Nov.12, making his second career start, he dished out nine assists against Houston. Two days later, he scored in double figures for the first time, netting 13 points against New Orleans. But LaVine's big coming-out party happened Nov. 28, when the 19-year-old dropped 28 points with five assists on the road against the Lakers. The UCLA product dished out a season-high 14 assists Dec. 27 against the Warriors. He went on to finish with averages of 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 24.7 minutes, but LaVine blew those season-long numbers away in the campaign's final 22 games. From Mar. 15 on, he averaged 18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists. The peak of that red-hot run came Apr. 11, when LaVine shot 13-for-21 from the field -- including 6-for-10 from downtown -- for 37 points with nine rebounds (both season highs) and four assists. He also became the youngest Slam Dunk Contest champion since Kobe Bryant and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.2015
LaVine built on his dynamic rookie season as a sophomore, playing all 82 games for Minnesota while lifting his scoring average significantly from 10.1 to 14.0 points per game. Increased usage helped, but he also improved his efficiency, raising his field-goal percentage three points to 45.2 while burying his threes at an impressive 38.9 percent clip. Meanwhile, LaVine became just the fourth player ever to win consecutive Slam Dunk Contests, winning an epic battle against Aaron Gordon; he also scored 30 points in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend. Incredibly, LaVine's season high in points came in a game he didn't start. On Jan. 27 against the Thunder, he shot 14-of-17 from the field (including five threes) en route to 35 points in only 29:26 on the court -- the NBA's biggest bench performance of the season. Just 15 days prior, he'd set his season mark in rebounds with nine against the same Oklahoma City squad. Once again, LaVine closed out the season on fire. Over the final 37 games, he raised his scoring average to 16.7 while improving his work on the defensive end, turning in 1.1 steals per game.2016
LaVine took another giant leap forward in his third NBA season, establishing himself as one of the league's more dangerous scorers. However, a torn ACL suffered in early February cut his season short at 47 games. He'd started every game to that point, averaging new career highs with 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals while adding 3.0 assists. Even on a Timberwolves team with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins accounting for a huge chunk of the offense, LaVine found plenty of room to flourish. The 21-year-old equaled his career-high scoring total with 37 points -- including a career-high-tying seven threes -- on Nov. 9 against Orlando. Six weeks later, he reached a new peak with 40 against Sacramento, hitting seven threes once again along with six rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. If he'd qualified, LaVine's 2.6 made threes per game would have ranked 14th in the NBA. He also scored 31 points on two occasions and totaled 22 games of 20-plus points. LaVine came within shouting distance of his first career triple-double Nov. 28 against Utah, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds and eight assists.2017
Minnesota shipped LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen to Chicago for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton prior to the 2017-18 season. The sharpshooting guard spent much of his first year with his new team rehabbing the torn ACL that had shortened his prior season. He returned to the court impressively Jan. 13, scoring 14 points in 19 minutes, and LaVine ultimately played in 24 games before the Bulls played it safe with a bout of knee tendinitis and shut him down. LaVine averaged 16.7 points and a career-high 3.9 rebounds per game, adding 3.0 assists and hitting the 1.0 mark in steals for the first time. His high point came Feb. 9, when the UCLA product racked up 35 points in a 114-113 revenge win over his old Minnesota teammates. LaVine tallied 20-plus points on 10 other occasions. He was once again a major threat from long range, making 34.1 percent of his 3-point attempts -- amounting to 1.8 makes per game. LaVine made a season-high five shots from downtown Feb. 22 against Philadelphia.2018
In his first full season removed from an ACL tear, LaVine posted career numbers and led the Bulls in scoring. He set personal bests in points (23.7), rebounds (4.7), assists (4.5) and field-goal percentage (46.7). In terms of NBA ranks, LaVine's points per game were 16th, his minutes per game (34.5) were 15th, and his usage rate (30.5 percent) was 12th. He racked up 11 games with at least 30 points, two games with at least 10 rebounds, and 27 games with five-plus assists. On the defensive end, he racked up five games with more than two steals and 20 games with at least one block. On Mar. 1, LaVine dropped a career-high 47 points on 17-of-35 shooting in a quadruple-overtime thriller against the Hawks, missing a triple-double by one rebound and one assist. The other top highlight of his season came soon after, on Mar. 6 in a 108-107 victory over the 76ers. In that game, LaVine dropped 39 points on 26 shots, adding five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 36 minutes. LaVine was especially impressive in his 12 appearances following the All-Star break, averaging 26.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 36.5 minutes.
June 26, 2014Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
July 7, 2014Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
June 22, 2017Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.
July 13, 2018Signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.