It hasn’t been a particularly good season for the Chicago Bulls, who will not make the NBA playoffs and entered Monday tied for the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. But the future is bright when it comes to rookie forward Lauri Markkanen, who has been as good as advertised since the Bulls took him seventh overall out of Arizona in the 2017 NBA Draft.
And, on Monday, the 7-footer totaled 10 points and 6 rebounds (in a 114-105 loss at Brooklyn) to put his name alongside all-time great Michael Jordan in terms of the best rookie seasons in Bulls history.
It’s official: @MarkkanenLauri is the first Bulls rookie to post at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a single season since Elton Brand!
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 10, 2018
Markkanen is averaging 15.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 67 games for the Bulls. He was 2 for 5 from 3-point range on Monday, giving him 142 triples for the season. That’s third most among rookies this season and the 15th most by a rookie in NBA history.
Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range with Arizona in 2016-17.