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. Contract includes team option for 2020-21.
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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Markannen came away with a double-double on a night that no one else on the team could do much in a crushing loss. Markkanen has taken a big step in his second year in the league, averaging career highs in points (18.9), rebounds (9.0) and assists (1.5). At only 21 years old, he still has room to grow his game even further.
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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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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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Improved effort in comfortable win
FChicago Bulls
March 18, 2019
Markkanen totaled 17 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 31 minutes during Monday's 116-101 victory over Phoenix.
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Scores just 11 points Sunday
FChicago Bulls
March 17, 2019
Markkanen totaled 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one block in 23 minutes during Sunday's 129-102 loss to Sacramento.
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Bounces back in loss
FChicago Bulls
March 8, 2019
Markkanen totaled 18 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a steal over 36 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Pistons on Friday.
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Scores just 11 in loss
FChicago Bulls
March 6, 2019
Markkanen totaled 11 points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and an assist across 30 minutes in the Bulls' win over the 76ers on Wednesday.
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