4. Lauri Markkanen
- Draft year: 2017
- Pick: 7
Lauri Markkanen is quickly transitioning from one of the most exciting young Bulls in a long time to one of the most disappointing individual situations in a long time.
His rookie year was magnificent. He blew pre-draft expectations out of the water. He was more athletic than people thought. His 3-point shooting ability translated nicely to the NBA. And he was more dynamic with the ball in his hands than anyone could’ve imagined.
Markkanen’s second year in the league was a small step forward, but a step forward nonetheless. This season, though, everything fell apart.
Lauri is the second-most talented guy on the Bulls’ roster (Zach LaVine holding that no. 1 spot), yet he can’t work his way into a legitimate role in the Bulls’ offensive scheme. Part of the blame falls on Jim Boylen for failing to use Markkanen in an effective way, but Markkanen has to take some blame too. If he wants to be more than a below-average stretch four, he needs to start thinking of himself as a legitimate NBA scorer. He needs to take control.
He’s only 22 years old, so there’s still a lot of time for Markkanen to figure it out, but things are trending downward for The Finnisher.