Lauri Markkanen

Lauri Markkanen

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Markkanen was one of the feel-good stories to come out of the 2022-23 season, ending as the 23rd-ranked player in standard formats and winning the Most Improved Player award. Coming into the season, while he was seen as a potential breakout candidate, even the savviest of managers could not have foreseen what was to come. Playing as the primary offensive option on a rebuilding Utah team, Markkanen hit the ground running, putting up first-round value for much of the first half of the season. He closed the season with career-high numbers of 25.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.0 three-pointers. He also shot a career-best 49.9 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the stripe. Despite coming into the season as a team with nothing to play for, the Jazz surprised many people, with Markkanen at the forefront of their early season charge. Things did taper off as the season progressed, during which time Markkanen was given more than a few nights off. After a strong NBA draft this summer, the Jazz are already looking as though they might be ready to push back into the playoffs. Markkanen will almost certainly be the number one option once again, ensuring another strong season. However, with the addition of talent like John Collins, as well as the rise of Walker Kessler, there is a chance Markkanen could struggle to repeat his heroics from last season. He feels like a relatively safe target in the early third round of drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $67.47 million contract with the Bulls in August of 2021. Traded to the Cavaliers in August of 2021. Traded to the Jazz in September of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Lauri Elias Markkanen was born in Vantaa, Finland in 1997 to Pekka and Riikka Markkanen. His father Pekka attended the University of Kansas in 1989-90 and then played professionally in Finland. As a teenager, the younger Markkanen saw time at the junior level for HoNsU in Jyvaskyla. He then moved on to HBA-Marsky in the second-tier Finnish league before leaving for the University of Arizona in 2016. Markkanen has represented Finland in many international events, with his most notable accomplishments finishing as leading scorer at both the 2015 U18 Euros and 2016 U20 Euros. He has been actively involved with eco-friendly causes raising awareness for climate change. You can follow Markkanen on Twitter (@MarkkanenLauri) and Instagram (@laurimarkkanen). It did not take long for Markkanen to establish himself as a go-to player for coach Sean Miller at Arizona. The Finnish seven-footer scored at least 13 points in his first nine games, including the first of his six double-doubles for the season. He helped the Wildcats beat Michigan State and Texas A&M prior to the Pac-12 Conference schedule. Markkanen's production did not slow down against conference foes. He had a string of 20-point games in wins over Colorado, Arizona State and USC, including a career-high 30 points in the win over the rival Sun Devils. Despite slumping briefly in early February with four straight single-point efforts, the towering forward rebounded late in conference play and kept the momentum through the postseason. He helped Arizona win the Pac-12 Conference Tournament by averaging 20.0 points. The squad advanced to the Sweet 16 with wins over North Dakota and Saint Mary's. Markkanen averaged 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in that pair of victories. The Wildcat season ended against Xavier. Markkanen then announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft after the season.

Struggles from field
FUtah Jazz
February 16, 2024
Markkanen had 20 points (6-23 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes during Thursday's 140-137 loss to the Warriors.
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Markkanen converted just two of his 12 attempts from two-point range during Thursday's loss. However, the star forward's team-high 14 rebounds helped him post his 18th double-double of 2023-24. Markkanen has yet to score fewer than 10 points in 46 appearances this season.
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How does Lauri Markkanen compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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64.0%
 
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59.2%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
49.8%
 
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29.7%
 
Offensive Rebound %
7.8%
 
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20.7%
 
Total Rebound %
14.3%
 
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9.0%
 
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1.1%
 
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1.3%
 
Turnover %
6.0%
 
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24.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
39.2
 
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1.2
 
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To the wings
FUtah Jazz
February 7, 2024
Markkanen is playing 24.5 percent of his minutes at small forward after logging 45.1 percent of his minutes at small forward last season. He may begin logging more minutes at small forward after Utah traded Simone Fontecchio to Detroit on Wednesday.
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The Jazz lacked true wings besides Fontecchio, leaving Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji and the newly acquired Kevin Knox as primary candidates to absorb minutes at that position. Utah also acquired a 2024 second-round pick via Washington and draft rights to Gabriele Procida in Wednesday's transaction. Markkanen owns a 57.9 effective field-goal percentage at small forward and a 60.9 effective field-goal percentage at power forward this season.
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Markkanen's addition to Cleveland last season on a four-year, $64 million contract was a bit odd given the presence of Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Kevin Love already in the frontcourt. However, the team made it work by giving Markkanen most of his minutes at small forward -- a new development in his career. Previously, the seventh overall pick from 2017 only spent meaningful time at the four and five. The change didn't affect Markkanen's numbers much compared to the prior two seasons. In 30.8 minutes per game, he averaged 14.8 points on 45/36/87 shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists. That was good for rank 100 in per-game fantasy production. Markkanen has failed to capitalize on the upside he showed as a sophomore with the Bulls in 2018-19. He ranked 54th in per-game fantasy production that season behind 18.7 points on 43/36/87 shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes. However, with the rebuilding Jazz, who will presumably aim to feature him, it's possible Markkanen trends closer to those numbers again. A bounceback year may be in store.
Markkanen saw his workload reduced for the second season in a row in 2020-21, and his health also remained an issue. Markkanen has appeared in just 153 games over the past three seasons. He hit career lows with 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, though he did reach career highs in field-goal percentage (48.0) and three-point percentage (40.2). He'll be joining a new team in 2020-21, as he was part of a sign-and-trade that landed him in Cleveland on a four-year, $64 million contract. Given the size of his contract, it seems possible Markkanen will start at power forward, even if that means bringing the No. 3 overall pick Evan Mobley or Kevin Love off the bench. The other option to get Markkanen in the starting lineup would be trying to play him at small forward, but that's something he's done very little of in the past. That would also result in kicking Isaac Okoro -- the fifth pick from last year -- to the bench, though it'd result in less backlash from the fanbase. Regardless, Markkanen should be in line to see minutes anywhere from the high-20s to the mid-30s on the Cavaliers depending on how he produces. He should be the team's No. 3 option at worst at any given time, and that could improve to No. 2 or even No. 1 if he sees minutes with the bench unit. Ultimately, this is a fresh start for Markkanen, and while it may not be the smoothest transition into a new role, it certainly has potential on the rebuilding Cavs.
Markkanen disappointingly saw a dropoff in production during his third season in the league, posting career lows in points (14.7), rebounds (6.3) and field goal percentage (42.5). To add to that, injuries have slowed his progress, as he's missed time in each season thus far. It could be a make-or-break year for Markkanen in Chicago, and it'll be interesting to see if he's able to thrive alongside center Wendell Carter and shoot-first guards Coby White and Zach LaVine. The 23-year-old will be looking for a bounce-back under new coach Billy Donovan, who will likely want to fully utilize the 7-footer's diverse offensive talents. Markkanen's range is a much sought-after quality for big men in the modern game, and he averaged 6.3 three-point attempts per while firing at a decent 34.4 percent clip last season. If he's able to consistently make threes, rebound and stay healthy, the ceiling appears high for Markkanen under his new coach.
Though Markkanen has struggled to stay healthy in his first two seasons, totaling only 120 games played, his time on the floor has been impressive. The No. 7 overall pick in 2017, Markkanen set career highs nearly across the board during his sophomore campaign. Notably, he became the first player in NBA history to average at least 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 three-pointers at 21 years old or younger. While the Bulls signed Thaddeus Young to shore up frontcourt depth, Markkanen is still in line to start at power forward and see 30-plus minutes per game. It seems unlikely the 7-footer will ever be a force defensively or as a passer, but his upside as a scoring big with great rebounding ability is undeniable. In Markkanen's 52 appearances last season, he racked up eight 30-point games, 20 contests with at least 10 rebounds and five performances with five made threes. But he's not just a stretch-big. Markkanen has shown aggressiveness, making 3.3 free-throws per game last season. Only three other players 6-foot-10 or taller in 2018-19 converted at least 2 threes and 3 free-throws per game (Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari). All things considered, Markkanen looks to be on track to become one of the NBA's top power forwards sooner than later.
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.
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 in win
FUtah Jazz
February 7, 2024
Markkanen posted 33 points (12-18 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal over 36 minutes during Tuesday's 124-117 win over the Thunder.
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Double-double in Thursday's loss
FUtah Jazz
February 2, 2024
Markkanen posted 28 points (10-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 33 minutes during Thursday's 127-124 loss to the 76ers.
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Comes up short of double-double
FUtah Jazz
January 30, 2024
Markkanen chipped in 13 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes during Monday's 147-114 loss to Brooklyn.
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Drains season-high six threes
FUtah Jazz
January 26, 2024
Markkanen amassed 29 points (11-20 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals across 33 minutes during Thursday's 123-108 win over the Wizards.
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Delivers double-double
FUtah Jazz
January 19, 2024
Markkanen had 26 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 10-11 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Thursday's 134-129 loss to the Thunder.
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