Current Chicago Bulls players: Underrated or overrated?

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Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine’s case is a tough one to solve. He had a really solid individual season, averaging 25.5 points per game on .450/.380/.802 shooting splits to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He has the ability to take over any given game on any given night and is in the top tier of difficult-shot makers. But once again, none of his individual prowess led to wins for the Chicago Bulls.

This leads to a lot of NBA fans feeling like LaVine is a good-stats/bad-team guy. They feel like his numbers are empty calories. That’s not fair, though. LaVine’s far from the perfect player, but when you watch Bulls games, it’s obvious that he’s not the thing holding them back from winning. If LaVine had a solid roster around him and a competent coach, he’d be a winning player.

With all that being said, there still seems to be a camp of casual hoops fans that think LaVine is a legitimate superstar thanks to his Instagram highlights and gaudy numbers. It’s no secret that LaVine is a walking highlight reel, but that can lead to false “superstar” labels being thrown around his name.

There’s a group of people that underrate LaVine and a group of people that overrate him. When you combine those two camps, I think you have an accurate depiction of LaVine as a player.

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Verdict: Properly rated