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Though Zach LaVine offers tremendous All-Star upside, he's just too far away from reaching it.
His scoring numbers early on might have falsely advertised what he's currently capable of—UCLA's schedule had been pretty easy up until recently.
So far this year, he's been hitting almost 42 percent of his threes, a rate that seems unsustainable from looking at his mechanics and current cold streak.
He's only made two of his last 12 from long range, and it's affecting his ability to contribute. LaVine isn't at the point yet where he can salvage a bad shooting day by getting buckets or free throws in the half court.
With his jumper off against Duke, LaVine just couldn't find other ways to put the ball in the hole.
He's going to need another year to improve his playmaking skills, as well as add to his ridiculously skinny 180-pound frame that resembles Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas.
LaVine might be one of the nation's most explosive athletes, but the doctor's order is one more season at UCLA to fine-tune the rest of his game.