Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
21-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.
First double-double of 2019
FChicago Bulls
January 18, 2019
Markkanen tallied 27 points (10-18 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 25 minutes Thursday in the Bulls' 135-105 loss to the Nuggets.
The 30-point loss kept Markkanen's minutes down a bit, but the power forward was at least exceptionally efficient during his time on the court. His 27 points tied his best scoring haul of January, while his 10 boards were his most of the month. With backcourt starters Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn both struggling of late, the burden has largely fallen on Markkanen to keep the rudderless Bulls afloat.
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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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Another solid offensive performance
FChicago Bulls
January 16, 2019
Markkanen tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in the Bulls' 107-100 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
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Produces 16 points in loss
FChicago Bulls
January 13, 2019
Markkanen totaled 16 points (7-17 FG. 1-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist across 34 minutes in Saturday's 110-102 loss to the Jazz.
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Modest production again in defeat
FChicago Bulls
January 12, 2019
Markkanen managed just eight points (3-8 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and five rebounds across 26 minutes in the Bulls' 146-109 loss to the Warriors on Friday.
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Struggles with shot in loss
FChicago Bulls
January 10, 2019
Markkanen generated 10 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one steal across 32 minutes in the Bulls' 124-112 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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Averaging outing vs. Nets
FChicago Bulls
January 6, 2019
Markkanen finished with 14 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, a block and a steal across 33 minutes Sunday against Brooklyn.
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