Lauri Markkanen

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Lauri Markkanen
EuroBasket 2017 France vs Finland 01.jpg
Markkanen with Finland in 2017
No. 24 – Chicago Bulls
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1997-05-22) May 22, 1997 (age 21)
Vantaa, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College Arizona (2016–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2016 HBA-Märsky
2017–present Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the 2017 NBA draft, he was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 7th overall pick before being included in a trade to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler. He is the son of Finnish basketball players Pekka and Riikka Markkanen, and a brother of football player Eero Markkanen who plays in Danish Superliga side Randers FC.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Markkanen grew up in Jyväskylä, and played his junior years in local team HoNsU.[2] Markkanen played for HBA-Märsky in the Finnish second tier league from 2014 to 2016.

College career[edit]

On October 17, 2015, Markkanen verbally committed to NCAA Division I squad Arizona Wildcats prior to the 2016–17 season.[3][4][5] Lauri signed a letter to intent to Arizona on Nov. 11th. reported that the seven-foot Finn is considered "a possible one-and-done candidate for the NBA draft."[6] He became the first player since Mike Bibby to wear the jersey number 10. In January 2017, SB Nation regarded him as "the best shooting 7-footer college basketball has ever seen".[7] Within the same month Markkanen was selected as Pac-12 Player of the Week as well as the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.[8][9] He has also been named to the pre-season Karl Malone Award Watchlist,[10] Naismith Award Watchlist,[11] Wooden Award Watchlist,[12] Wooden Award Midseason Top 25,[13] Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason watch list, Oscar Robertson Award Midseason watch list,[14] Karl Malone Award Finalist,[15] Naismith Top 30 Finalist.[16] Markkanen was among the 15 finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.[17]

He recorded a career-high 30 points on Jan. 12th against rival Arizona State. Also recording a career-high 13 rebounds 3 times against Northern Colorado(11/21/16), Washington State(1/26/17) & Washington (2/18/17). His career-high 3 blocks came against ASU in the regular season finale Mar. 4th, 2017.

Markkanen was selected to the third team All-American team in AP, NBC Sports, USA Today and Sporting News on March 6, 2017.[18] He was a first team all Pac-12 selection, as well as first team all Pac-12 Freshman team and first team all Pac-12 team in Associated Press.

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Markkanen announced his intention to forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft.[19]

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bulls (2017–present)[edit]

Rookie season (2017–18)[edit]

Markkanen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the seventh pick of the first round of the 2017 NBA draft. On draft night, his rights were traded to the Chicago Bulls along with Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn for Jimmy Butler and the rights to Justin Patton.[20] On July 5, 2017, Markkanen signed with the Bulls.[21]

On October 19, 2017, Markkanen made his NBA debut with the Bulls and scored seventeen points.[22] Markkanen then set an NBA record on October 24, for most 3-pointers in the first three games of an NBA career with ten 3-pointers.[23] Markkanen also asked former NBA player Brian Scalabrine to use his number 24, which Brian allowed.[24] On November 19, he recorded a 26-13 double-double against the Phoenix Suns.[25] On December 8, Markkanen scored 24 points against the Charlotte Hornets and two weeks later on December 21, he dropped 25 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers.[26][27] On December 30, Markkanen scored a career-high 32 points and seven rebounds in a 119-107 win against the Indiana Pacers.[28] On January 10, 2018, Markkanen played a career high 46 minutes, scored a career-high 33 points along with a career-high eight 3-pointers in a double overtime 122-119 win against the New York Knicks. This made him the second seven-foot player to make eight three-pointers in a game (the first being Dirk Nowitzki).[29] On January 22, he grabbed a career-high seventeen rebounds against the New Orleans Pelicans.[30] Four days later, Markkanen blocked a career-high three shots against the Los Angeles Lakers.[31] On February 12, he scored 21 points against the Orlando Magic and 22 points against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 7.[32][33]

After scoring seventeen points against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 28, 2018, Markkanen now has 721 points, surpassing Hanno Möttölä (715) as the career leading scorer among NBA players from Finland.[34] On May 22, 2018, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.[35]

National team career[edit]

Markkanen made his international debut with the Finnish U-18 national team at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.[36] Markkanen averaged 18.2 points per game to lead the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in the summer of 2015.[6] He was the top scorer in 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship tournament with average of 24.9 points per game and was named to the All-Tournament Team.[37]

Markkanen played with the Finland senior team at EuroBasket 2017, which was held in his home country. He led his team to the round of 16 by averaging 19.5 points and 5.7 rebounds over 6 games.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2017–18 Chicago 68 68 29.7 .434 .362 .843 7.5 1.2 .6 .6 15.2
Career 68 68 29.7 .434 .362 .843 7.5 1.2 .6 .6 15.2


2016–17 Arizona 37 37 30.8 .492 .423 .835 7.2 .9 .4 .5 15.6

NBA records[edit]

  • Fastest player to reach 100 career 3-pointers (41 games)[39]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Pekka,[6] and Riikka Markkanen (née Ellonen), who both were professional basketball players,[40] and has two brothers, Miikka and a professional footballer, Eero, who plays for AIK (currently on loan to Randers FC). In January 2018, Markkanen and his wife Verna Aho had a son together.[41]


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