Lauri Markkanen

Lauri Markkanen

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$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.
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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.

Paces scoring attack yet again
FUtah Jazz
February 4, 2023
Markkanen finished Friday's 115-108 loss to the Hawks with 25 points (8-19 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 37 minutes.
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Markkanen struggled to dial his shot in from beyond the arc, but he still managed to lead the Jazz in scoring. He also secured a double-double with his effort on the glass, marking his seventh double-double in his last nine games.
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Not available in trade talks
FUtah Jazz
February 6, 2023
According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Markkanen is not available in trade talks ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline.
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It's no surprise that the Jazz want to hold on tight to Markkanen with how well he's played this season. He's on pace to set multiple career highs through 49 games, averaging 24.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 3.1 three-pointers. In addition to Markkanen, Jones is also reporting that Ochai Agbaji and Walker Kessler are not available.
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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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Team-high 28 points in win
FUtah Jazz
February 2, 2023
Markkanen had 28 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 10-10 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal across 36 minutes during Wednesday's 131-128 win over Toronto.
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Leads Jazz with 29 points
FUtah Jazz
January 29, 2023
Markkanen closed Saturday's 108-100 victory over the Mavericks with 29 points (11-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, one block and one steal in 36 minutes.
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Another 20-point performance
FUtah Jazz
January 26, 2023
Markkanen finished with 24 points (7-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 34 minutes during Wednesday's 134-124 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Claims fifth straight double-double
FUtah Jazz
January 24, 2023
Markkanen chipped in 25 points (8-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 32 minutes during Monday's 120-102 win over Charlotte.
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Drops 22 against Nets
FUtah Jazz
January 21, 2023
Markkanen ended Friday's 117-106 loss to Brooklyn with 22 points (8-16 FG, 6-10 3Pt), 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 37 minutes.
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