Zach LaVine spent the majority of his Denver Nuggets' workout with a fixed expression of intense focus strewn across his face. The Seattle native moved methodically through shooting drills, and LaVine wanted to prove he was the dead-aim guard Denver is looking for. Then, at the end of the workout, the Nuggets' coaches asked him to throw down his best dunks.
Zach's eyes got wide and a youthful smile splashed across his face.
LaVine threw down two consecutive dunks, both on the first attempt, which had the media and coaches shaking their heads in disbelief. The UCLA product threw himself a high lob, letting the ball bounce off the floor before putting the ball between his legs and throwing it down for the jam. The second attempt featured the same high lob pass off the floor, only this time LaVine put the ball behind his back (going from his left hand to his right) before jamming it over his head.
You can see each of the two dunks in the video player above.
"I'm definitely a creative dunker," smiled LaVine. "I want to be in the slam dunk contest one day. They asked me to do what I can do, and I was like 'Oh yeah! I can show off a little bit.' I definitely feel like I am one of the better dunkers."
LaVine competed against four other players during his workout, including Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis and Kentucky shooting guard James Young. Each of the three have been projected by experts to be selected someplace between No. 7 and No. 20, with the Nuggets sitting at No. 11 in the first round. Despite his off-the-charts leaping ability, LaVine wants to be recognized for a wide-range of skills and not just his athleticism.
"I've been showing myself as a point guard throughout all these workouts," he said. "I've been showing my play making ability, able to get to the hole and create for others.
"I know I can handle the ball, but I know I can score the ball as well."
Zach said Denver was the sixth or seventh team he worked out for, with three or four workouts still to go before the June 26th draft. The 19-year old from Seattle is trying prove one year of college at UCLA was enough, and that he can help an NBA team win right now.
"Everyone could use another year," responded LaVine when asked about his decision to turn pro early. "I don't regret it. I'm having a good time with the (draft) process, proving a lot of people wrong.
"I put in a lot of hard work in my game, so it wasn't a hard decision for me."
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