Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Though Markkanen has struggled to stay healthy in his first two seasons, totaling only 120 games played, his time on the floor has been impressive. The No. 7 overall pick in 2017, Markkanen set career highs nearly across the board during his sophomore campaign. Notably, he became the first player in NBA history to average at least 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 three-pointers at 21 years old or younger. While the Bulls signed Thaddeus Young to shore up frontcourt depth, Markkanen is still in line to start at power forward and see 30-plus minutes per game. It seems unlikely the 7-footer will ever be a force defensively or as a passer, but his upside as a scoring big with great rebounding ability is undeniable. In Markkanen's 52 appearances last season, he racked up eight 30-point games, 20 contests with at least 10 rebounds and five performances with five made threes. But he's not just a stretch-big. Markkanen has shown aggressiveness, making 3.3 free-throws per game last season. Only three other players 6-foot-10 or taller in 2018-19 converted at least 2 threes and 3 free-throws per game (Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari). All things considered, Markkanen looks to be on track to become one of the NBA's top power forwards sooner than later. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.36 million contract with the Bulls in July of 2017. Bulls exercised $5.3 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
Records 13-rebound double-double
FChicago Bulls
October 13, 2019
MArkkanen scored 15 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds and an assist across 22 minutes in Sunday's 105-91 win over the Raptors.
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Markkanen has all the goods to be one of the league's top big men - if he can stay healthy. He's 100 percent right now, but he's yet to play more than 68 games in his first two seasons, so acquiring Markkanen comes with some risk. His upside and opportunity in Chicago is a measurable asset, however.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
The seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Markkanen wasted no time bursting onto the scene for the Bulls. He started all 68 games he appeared in, led Chicago in rebounds per game (7.5), had the third-highest scoring average on the team (15.2) of everyone who saw at least 24 games with the club, and became the fastest player in NBA history to 100 made three-pointers. The sky seems to be the limit for the 21-year-old, who also recorded 14 double-doubles and two 30-point games. The addition of Jabari Parker via free agency and Wendell Carter through the draft gives Markkanen some more frontcourt competition, though it’s hard to imagine Markkanen getting the short end of the stick. Though he missed a handful of games to due nagging back spasms towards the end of the season, it’s tough to judge the seriousness of the issue, as the Bulls were more than willing to sit key players in order to secure a higher draft pick. So, in evaluating his Fantasy stock for 2018-19, those absences can arguably be ignored.
Born in Finland, Markkanen opted to come Stateside for his collegiate career, but spent just one standout season in Arizona before declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft. With Arizona, the seven-foot big man showed an impressive jump shot for his size, shooting 49.2 percent from the field, which translated to a team-high 20.2 points per game. Markkanen was also able to hit from the perimeter with a 42.3 percent clip from the three-point line, giving him the size and offensive skill set that's highly coveted in today's NBA. That prompted the Bulls to select Markkanen with the seventh overall pick of this year's draft. He's heading into one of the more beneficial environments of this year's rookie class, as the Bulls are in full rebuild mode. They traded away superstar Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves and could potentially part with Dwyane Wade as well, in what appears to be a youth movement in Chicago. Markkanen is a candidate to immediately jump into the starting lineup as a stretch-four with his shooting ability. While he's got a ton of work to do defensively and needs to bulk up in order to have a chance on the boards against some of the bigger power forwards in the league, Markkanen will still be one of the more intriguing rookies due to his offensive ability and opportunity for playing time in the frontcourt. Markkanen will have to hold of Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis for rights to a starter's job, but look for his role to ultimately expand as the year goes on. Markkanen could be worth taking a flier on in later rounds of deeper leagues, as the Bulls are fully expected to commit to his development as one of the young building blocks for the future.
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To be rested Friday
FChicago Bulls
Rest
October 11, 2019
Markkanen will not play in Friday's preseason outing against the Pacers for rest purposes, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Strong contributions in narrow loss
FChicago Bulls
October 10, 2019
Markkanen chipped in 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 24 minutes during the Bulls' 127-125 preseason loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.
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Can resume basketball activities
FChicago Bulls
April 11, 2019
Markkanen (illness) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Shut down for rest of season
FChicago Bulls
Illness
March 27, 2019
Markkanen (fatigue) will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Wednesday
FChicago Bulls
Illness
March 27, 2019
Markkanen (illness) will not play Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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