CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — For the first time in four years, the Bulls officially have an All-Star.

The NBA coaches have voted in Zach LaVine as Eastern Conference reserve.

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LaVine has been to All-Star weekend plenty of times before, winning two dunk contests and an MVP award at the Rising Stars game. But this will be his first time in the All-Star Game itself.

LaVine has felt that he should have earned the honor the last two seasons.

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LaVine definitely taken the next step. He is currently 6th in the NBA in scoring, averaging nearly 29 points a game.

He just tallied his fifteenth 30-point game of the season – and has significantly improved his defense.

“It definitely is a journey; you know, it’s a process, you know, going back even when I was little – and it’s always been hard work. It goes back, like I said, with me and my dad being outside in the rain shooting 500 shots with plastic garden gloves on, to me hurting my knee, you know, and fighting back from that, being traded, and you know, and now fighting to get to the playoffs,” LaVine said. “It’s always a fight. You always enjoy that. To get some success and get some recognition, it means a lot.”

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