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.
All-around effort Saturday
FChicago Bulls
December 16, 2018
Markkanen finished with 23 points (9-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 37 minutes during Saturday's 98-93 victory over the Spurs.
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Markkanen has his third game of at least 20 points since returning from injury, finishing with 23 points including three triples. Perhaps the most positive aspect of his game so far has been his improvement on the defensive end. In his seven games since returning he has a combined 10 steals and six blocks. These are certainly not mind-blowing but are a big step in the right direction.
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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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Subdued production in defeat
FChicago Bulls
December 14, 2018
Markkanen generated seven points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, one steal and one block across 28 minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City on Thursday.
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Inefficient in Monday's loss
FChicago Bulls
December 10, 2018
Markkanen managed 13 points (5-16 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 29 minutes during Monday's 108-89 loss to the Kings.
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Season-high 24 points in win
FChicago Bulls
December 8, 2018
Markkanen had 24 points (8-12 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block in 28 minutes during Friday's 114-112 victory over Oklahoma City.
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Plays 32 minutes Tuesday
FChicago Bulls
December 4, 2018
Markkanen totaled 21 points (8-24 FG, 5-13 3Pt), 10 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 32 minutes in Tuesday's 96-90 loss to the Pacers.
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On minutes restriction Tuesday
FChicago Bulls
December 4, 2018
Markkanen will be held between 24-to-28 minutes in Tuesday's game against Indiana, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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