When NBA fans hear the name Zach LaVine, they automatically think of a player with incredible leaping ability who can throw down monster jams. This is accurate, but the two-time NBA Dunk Contest champion has been working hard all off-season to improve other skills that are crucial to the guard position.
Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard improved his numbers over his rookie year. He shot 39 percent from 3-point range, 5 points better than the 34 percent he shot as a rookie. He also improved his field goal percentage and points per game. But this year, the 21-year-old is looking to make even greater strides in his game.
LaVine has been training with Drew Hanlen, NBA skills coach and CEO of Pure Sweat Drew, all off-season. In the videos below, you can see LaVine working on his ball handling, finishing at the rim, getting by defenders and his step-back shot.
LaVine recently played in the Seattle Pro-Am where his hard work paid off. He scored 49 points and made a defender fall by hitting him with the nasty step-back jumper he's been working on. The competition isn't as tough as the league, but LaVine showed marked improvement.
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LaVine has also been working off the court. In the videos below, he performs Weighted Box Push and Resisted Sprints/Shuffles, exercises that will keep his legs explosive so he can keep wowing fans with his dunks.
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