Markkanen was downed by Spencer Dinwiddie in the finals of Saturday's Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Big men had won the competition each of the last two years, but Markkanen wasn't able to make it three straight after getting past Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid in the first two rounds. Markkanen headed into the All-Star break averaging 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game, reaching 100 made three-pointers in his 41st game -- the fastest pace in NBA history to begin a career.
Markkanen managed 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during Team World's 155-124 win over Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge. The rookie's efficient line was a microcosm of his impressive first-year campaign, one that's seen him average 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 30.3 minutes in 51 games. Markkanen headed into the All-Star break with double-digit scoring efforts in 21 consecutive contests, and he's impressively been just as consistent on the boards. With the recent move of Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans, the 20-year-old also has one less impediment to playing time, which should keep his fantasy value robust for the balance of the regular season.
Markkanen scored 21 points (9-19 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding eight rebounds and a block in 31 minutes during Monday's 105-101 win over the Magic. Despite his struggles from beyond the arc, Markkanen still led the Bulls in scoring and hit for 20-plus points for the first time in over a month. While his offense has been inconsistent, the rookie has managed to be a contributor on the glass, averaging 9.1 boards with four double-doubles in his last seven games.
Markkanen finished with 12 points (5-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes during Saturday's 101-90 loss to the Wizards. Markkanen recorded another double-double in the loss but was terrible from the field connecting on just 5 of his 19 shot attempts. He continues to receive big minutes and scores in double-figures with regularity. His rebounding numbers are inconsistent from game to game and he delivers little on the defensive end of the floor. He is still a fine player to own in standard leagues as long as you can deal with the deficiencies in his game.
Markkanen scored 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3PT) to go with five rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes during Friday's 114-113 win against Minnesota. Returning from a three game absence, Markkanen had an all-around solid night against Minnesota. However, the rookie forward will look to pick up where he left off in his previous five games in which he averaged 14.6 points and 9.0 rebounds while collecting three double-doubles. Through 48 games, Markkanen has carved out a niche for himself as a consistent scorer (15.3 points) and a superior rebounder (7.7 rebounds).
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