November 28, 2015, 11:46 am
Zach LaVine started for injured Ricky Rubio (ankle) on Friday against the Kings, scoring 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including a three) with eight rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.
LaVine did not have a steal or block and he’s going to be a must-start player anytime he has access to unfettered minutes. He actually has top-100 value this season in just 24.6 mpg, but his neon green light seems a bit excessive and his percentages are on the high side. One factor that might be overlooked in assessing his value, or in other words making him undervalued, is his current 90.7 percent mark from the foul line. He hit 84.2 percent from the stripe, and he may end up being an elite free throw percentage guy at this rate. Rubio could be back at any time.