Lauri Markkanen

Height: 7-0

Weight: 225

College: Arizona

Classification: Freshman

Birthdate: 5/22/1997

 

2017 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 9

Projected Draft Range: Lottery

2017 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 7 by the Minnesota Timberwolves (rights traded to the Chicago Bulls)

 
Pros:

Great shooter, especially from deep

Good low post scorer

Adequate scorer off the dribble

Excels at scoring on the move

Solid free throw shooter

Adequate playmaker

Adequate rebounder

Good defensive player

Smart player that has a very good feel for the game

Solid athlete

Rock solid motor

Terrific size to play any of the frontcourt positions​

Cons:

Lacks an elite first step off the dribble

Can be a streaky shooter

Can be too passive on offense

Can be careless on offense, which can lead to turnovers

Does not always commit himself to the boards

May struggle to guard quicker players

Not an elite shot blocker

Not a top-flight athlete

May need to get stronger​

 
Summary:

Lauri Markkanen is a skilled big man that possesses sound inside-outside scoring skills for his team.  He may potentially be the most skilled big man in the entire draft, as he could perhaps end up being the best shooter in all of college basketball.​

He possesses a great blend of size, array of skills, and smarts, so there is no doubt that his terrific offensive skills and high skill level could make him a great fit for today’s modern

NBA.

​Links:

ESPN Draft Profile

DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

Games Scouted:

12/3/16 Arizona vs. Gonzaga

1/19/17 Arizona vs. USC

2/25/17 Arizona vs. UCLA

3/10/17 Arizona vs. UCLA

3/18/17 Arizona vs. Saint Mary’s