Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
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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Markkanen went through examinations by cardiologists, and he'll be free to work on the full scope of his game throughout the offseason. He had an impressive sophomore season, averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.4 assists while shooting 43.0 percent from the field.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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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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Questionable to return
FChicago Bulls
Illness
March 26, 2019
Markkanen is considered questionable to return to Tuesday's tilt against the Raptors due to an illness.
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Double-doubles in loss
FChicago Bulls
March 24, 2019
Markkanen totaled 18 points (6-20 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds and a steal over 26 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Jazz on Saturday.
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Leads all scorers with 32 points
FChicago Bulls
March 20, 2019
Markkanen produced 32 points (12-21 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and a block across 37 minutes in the Bulls' win over the Wizards on Wednesday.
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