Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
21-Year-Old F
2017–18 NBA Stats
2018–19 NBA Projections
PTS
15.2
REB
7.5
AST
1.2
STL
0.6
BLK
0.6
PTS
REB
AST
STL
BLK
2017–18 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... read more
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.
HT: 7'0"    WT: 255 lbs.    DOB: 5/22/1997    College: Arizona    Drafted: 1st Rd, #7 Overall in 2017
Superb rookie season
FChicago Bulls
April 18, 2018
Markkanen averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 68 games played for the Bulls during the 2017-18 campaign.
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Lauri Markkanen News Updates
Scores 20 points in loss
FChicago Bulls
April 12, 2018
Markkanen finished with 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two steals and one assist in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 119-87 loss to the Pistons.
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Will play, start Monday
FChicago Bulls
April 9, 2018
Markkanen will start at power forward for Monday's game against the Nets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Resting Saturday
FChicago Bulls
Rest
April 7, 2018
Markkanen will be rested for Saturday's game against Brooklyn, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
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Scores game-high 24 in Tuesday's win
FChicago Bulls
April 4, 2018
Markkanen scored 24 points (8-14 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding seven rebounds, an assist and a block in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 120-114 win over the Hornets.
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