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.
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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.
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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.
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.