Markkanen had a terrific rookie season in what was strong rookie class in 2017-18. The Finland native's career high in points scored was 33 points on Jan. 10 at New York in which he also captured 10 rebounds. In addition, Markkanen scored in double figures in 60 of 68 games and totaled 14 double-doubles during his rookie year. The 20-year-old should warrant mid-round selections next season.
Markkanen finished with 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, two steals and one assist in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 119-87 loss to the Pistons.
Markkanen capped off his impressive rookie season with another strong performance in just 21 minutes of playing time. In what has been an excellent rookie class, Markkanen has more than held his own on a disappointing Bulls team. He is going to be locked into big minutes from day one next season and is going to warrant a mid-round selection.
Markkanen will start at power forward for Monday's game against the Nets, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Markkanen received the night off for rest Saturday against the Nets, but as expected, is set to rejoin the lineup Monday. He'll take on his typical spot in the starting lineup and should be set for a full workload. Over his last four games, Markkanen has averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 24.0 minutes. Bobby Portis will head back to the bench in the corresponding move.
Markkanen will be rested for Saturday's game against Brooklyn, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
In another blatant attempt to increase their lottery odds, the Bulls will hold the rookie out of action Saturday, and he'll be joined in street clothes by Robin Lopez. Bobby Portis will start in Markkanen's place.
Markkanen scored 24 points (8-14 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding seven rebounds, an assist and a block in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 120-114 win over the Hornets.
Despite sitting for the entire fourth quarter, Markkanen was still the leading scorer on the night as he drained five three-pointers for the second straight game. He's averaging 20.5 points, 6.3 boards and 3.3 threes in only 25.3 points over his last four contests, and even with coach Fred Hoiberg keeping a close eye on his workload, Markkanen seems poised for a strong finish to his first NBA season.
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