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Chicago Bulls | #24 | Forward-Center

Lauri

Markkanen

PPG

13.6

RPG

5.3

APG

0.9

PIE

11.0

7'0" | 240lb | 23 years

Player Bio

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2018-19 (CHICAGO): Played in 52 games (51 starts) and averaged 18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 1.4 apg in 32.3 mpg … shot .430 from the field, .361 from three and .872 from the free-throw line … scored 32 points and tied a season high with 5 3-pointers vs. WAS (3/20) … posted eight games of 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in the month of February – tied for the most in the NBA that month, and the most by a Bulls player in any month ever … notched a career-high 35 points on 12-20 shooting with 15 rebounds vs. BOS (2/23) … tallied 31 points with 18 rebounds at BKN (2/8) … scored 30 points with 10 rebounds on 5-10 shooting from deep vs. NOP (2/6) … put up 30 points with a career-high 13-13 from the free throw line at CHA (2/2) … set a career high of 19 rebounds to go with 18 points at BKN (1/27) … tied a career high with 3 blocked shots at POR (1/9) … had back-to-back 30-point games for the first time in his career as he scored 31 points at CLE (12/23) … recorded 32 points on a career-high 12 FGM vs. ORL (12/21) … pulled down 17 rebounds, with a career-high 7 boards coming on the offensive glass to go along with 16 points, 2 steals and 2 blocks at OKC (12/17) … scored 24 points with season-high 3 steals vs. OKC (12/7) … made his season debut at HOU (12/1) and put up 10 points with 4 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal … had a career-high 20 double-doubles after posting 14 in his rookie year … inactive for 18 games with a right elbow sprain and seven games for a medial assessment … DND for five games.

CAREER: In 120 games (119 starts) over two NBA seasons, has posted averages of 16.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 1.3 apg in 30.9 mpg … has shot .432 from the field, .362 from three and .859 from the free-throw line.

2017-18 (CHICAGO): Played in 68 games (68 starts) and averaged 15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.57 spg and 0.59 bpg in 29.7 mpg … shot .434 from the field, .362 from three and .843 from the free-throw line … selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team … set the Bulls’ franchise record for most triples in a rookie campaign with 145 3FGM … scored 20+ points with at least 3 3FGM in three-straight games (4/1-6) … in a 2OT game at NOP (1/22) set a career high with 17 rebounds, all defensive, to go along with 14 points and 2 blocks … tied NBA rookie record for consecutive games with 2+ 3FGM with 12 (12/27 to 1/17) … fastest rookie to 100 3FGM in NBA history when he made 101 through his first 41 games … scored a season-high 33 points and knocked down a career-high 8 3FGM at NYK (1/10); one of 17 players in NBA history to have a 30 pts/10 reb double-double with 8 3FGM … scored 32 points vs. IND (12/29) and tied season high with 11 FGM … recorded 25 points on season-high 11 FGM at CLE (12/21) … pulled down 14 rebounds at LAL (11/21) … recorded 26 pts/13 reb at PHX (11/19) … scored 25 points at MIA (11/1) … set an NBA rookie record with 10 games in a row of at least 2 3FGM to begin his career … became the second Bulls player with multiple double-doubles in first four career games in team history … just the fifth player ever to average at least 15.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg over his first four games with the Bulls … made 10 3FGM out of 22 attempts (.455) through his first three games, which is the fewest games taken for a player to reach 10 3FGM (Elias) … posted a double-double (13 pts/12 reb) in the second game of his career – one of only three Bulls since 1983 to do so (Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng, 11/5/04) … is only the 13th Bulls rookie to start for CHI in the team’s season opener, and tied Andres Nocioni for the most points in such a debut (17); he also had 8 rebounds and 1 block … had 14 double-doubles this season, which ranked 3rd in the NBA among all rookies … hit multiple 3-pointers in 45 games … missed 11 games due to injury; sat out eight games due to back spasms (12/11-15, 3/13-21) and three games from return from injury management (3/24, 3/29, 4/7) … also missed three games for personal reasons (1/31-2/5) … spent seven games on the Inactive List … was NWT three times, DNP due to injury twice, DND once and had one DNP-CD

BEFORE NBA

COLLEGE CAREER: Played in 37 games for the Wildcats. 2016-17: Averaged 15.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg … shot .492 from the field, .423 from three and .835 from the free-throw line … notched a season-best 30 points vs. Arizona State … posted six double-doubles on the season … named a Third Team All-American and All-Pac-12 First Team … selected to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman Team and USBWA All-District Team … only player in the Pac-12 to rank in top 12 in scoring, rebounding, free-throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage ... his .835 percent shooting at the charity stripe led the Pac-12 ... named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the USBWA after road wins vs. USC and UCLA in which he averaged 20.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg and shot .636 from the field ... selected USBWA Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week and Naismith Trophy Player of the Week for his performance during a road sweep of Washington and Washington State (22.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 1.50 spg).

INTERNATIONAL: Represented his home country of Finland at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 … averaged 19.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg in six games, leading Finland to a 4-1 record in pool play … posted four games with 20+ points, including 27 in a 2OT win over Poland … FIBA U16, U18 and U20 European Championships. ... leading scorer at the 2016 U20 Euros, averaging 24.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.3 spg and 1.3 bpg ... erupted for 33 points, including the game-winning basket, in 2016 U20 Euros vs. Spain. ... led all players in scoring at the 2015 U18 Euros with 18.2 points per game while also grabbing 6.3 rebounds. ... had a 27-point, 10-rebound performance in Finland’s win over the Ukraine

PERSONAL LIFE

Son of Pekka Markkanen, who lettered in basketball at Kansas before playing professionally in Finland and on its national team … enjoys watching hockey and playing video games in his spare time.