December 8, 2019, 10:55 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen continues to rediscover his jumper, as he went 8-of-15 from the field to generate 22 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and just one turnover on Sunday against the Heat.
It has taken awhile to happen, but Markkanen has now nailed four 3-pointers in four straight contests. The buy-low window is basically slammed shut at this point, and you should expect more nights like this as Markkanen tries to make up for lost time.
December 6, 2019, 10:49 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen continued his recent mini-run of solid play in Friday's 98-100 loss to the Warriors, going for 22 points, three steals, four 3-pointers and an 8-for-17 shooting line.
Markkanen remains merely a top-150 player on the full season but has turned things around in the last week and is sitting with more familiar top-70 value. This is his third straight game of respectable efficiency, as well as his third straight with four triples, and it seems like the buy-low window is starting to inch its way closed. His shooting percentage is due for a massive correction, and his points and threes will rise along with it. It should only be a matter of time.
December 4, 2019, 11:13 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen found himself ending the night with 15 points, five boards, one assist, two blocks and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.
Markkanen is showing some improvement in his shooting efficiency and seeing him knock down four shots from deep is encouraging, but he is a long way from ADP and still sitting outside the top-150.
December 3, 2019, 12:37 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen finally showed signs of life in Monday's 113-108 win over the Kings and woke up with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, four 3s and one assist in 30 minutes of action.
Markkanen has been a huge disappointment so far this season. He managed to shoot the ball well tonight and there's still enough time for him to turn it around. His owners will just have to gut it out and stay patient at this point.
November 30, 2019, 1:24 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen's struggles with his shot continued on Friday with the Finn going 4-for-14 from the field to finish with 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two triples.
Markkanen is barely a shadow of his former self right now. The .353 shooting from the field has been a huge damper on his fantasy appeal this season. He's been outside the top-150 in 9-cat right now and owners will simply have to weather this brutal storm.
November 28, 2019, 1:17 amWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. scored eight points on 4-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds and two steals over 31 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.
The Bulls are spiraling down and the box score is all you need to look at to know it. Carter and Lauri Markannen (eight points, 3-of-10 FGs, one three, four rebounds, three assists, one steal) have bore the brunt of the Zach LaVine and Jim Boylen led mess. Look for both of them to bounce back if serious changes are considered.
November 27, 2019, 9:16 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is livid about the team’s 6-12 start this season and the continued sinking profile of the organization and is beginning to focus on general manager Gar Forman.
The report adds that Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson is thought to be untouchable to Reinsdorf, while Jim Boylen is also well-respected, and his recent three-year contract extension was agreed upon by several Bulls executives and Jerry Reinsdorf himself. The situation in Chicago is far from ideal with an ongoing mistrust between Bulls players and management and a rebuild that still isn’t paying off in its third year. It’s hard to predict what happens next but it looks likely that changes will be happening sooner than later.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2019, 10:58 pmWendell Carter Jr.C, Chicago Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. double-doubled in Saturday's last-second win over the Hornets, posting 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
WCJ continues to blossom into the producer the Bulls envisioned when they drafted him. His stats tonight are incredibly nice as he produced in every category. His strong post play has pushed teammate Lauri Markkanen to become more of a spot shooter than the double-double machine we saw last year. Coupled with Markkanen's slow start, it looks like WCJ has carved himself a significant role in the frontcourt and will continue to produce across the board.
November 23, 2019, 10:52 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting, adding six rebounds, two assists and a steal in Saturday's surprise win over the Hornets.
Markkanen took a backseat to teammates Coby White and Zach LaVine, whom scored a combine 77 points for the Bulls. He just did not have the hot hand tonight and failed to produce anything offensively. He is continuing to have a poor start to the season and will hope to turn it around after this morale-boosting win over Charlotte.
November 22, 2019, 11:23 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach Lavin led a struggling Bulls team on Friday with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting, adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
It was an ugly game for the Bulls as a whole as the starters struggled to get into a rhythm on offense. Lauri Markkanen was near-invisible with nine points (3-of-12 shooting), seven rebounds and one assist. The Bulls aren't really this bad, so expect a bounce-back performance in the horizon.
November 21, 2019, 1:59 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen woke up with a team-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting with six boards, three treys, one steal and two blocks in a 109-89 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Markkanen has not delivered anything close to his mid-round ADP so far this season, mostly the result of his .362 shooting from the field. He could warm up soon and his buy-low window would slam shut. Act accordingly.
November 18, 2019, 11:36 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen was off all night, shooting just 2-of-12 as part of a nine-point, eight-rebound performance in a loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Since Markkanen's 35-point, 17-board season opener, he hasn't cracked 20 points or had more than 11 rebounds and he's shooting just 36.2 percent for the season. It's a good time to buy low, but he's unlikely to come anywhere close to the ceiling that many predicted him to hit this season. Zach LaVine also had a bad night from the field, shooting just 4-of-16 with 11 points, eight boards, four dimes and two triples in defeat.
November 16, 2019, 8:42 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen showed some life with 16 points, along with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two threes on Saturday vs. the Nets.
Markkanen had been struggling but was able to chip in across the board tonight. He got to the free throw line tonight going 6-of-6 from the line. Hopefully he can use this game as a step in the right direction to recover from his let-down season so far.
November 14, 2019, 11:25 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen continued to struggle on Thursday, making just two of his nine shot attempts, good for 11 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.
Markkanen has had a horrid time shooting the basketball in the early going and this didn't help his cause. He's the 127th ranked player in 9-category leagues at this stage, which is actually impressive given the struggles. There have definitely been some injury concerns here so hopefully time will sort all of that out and he'll be back to top-50 status.
November 14, 2019, 11:34 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen is currently shooting 27% from three and 39% from the field.
What's more, the shots Lauri's missing are his bread and butter: wide open, spot-up opportunities from distance. His most frequent shot types from long range have been stationary threes, on which he's shooting 28%, but the real indicator that positive regression is coming is that he's shooting only 26.5% from three when wide open (nearest defender 6+ feet away). Markkanen, of course, was 38% and 43% on spot-up and wide open threes last year, respectively. There is a major ball movement concern in Chicago as they continue to play their PGs out of position and task Zach "TO Machine" LaVine with primary ballhandling duties, but this screams buy low opportunity. Test the waters to see how frustrated other managers may be with Markkanen. A stretch like the one he had last February could vault him into the top 50 in no time.
Source: NBC Sports Chicago