The Bulls selected Lauri Markkanen with the seventh pick in the 2017 NBA draft after trading Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves in a blockbuster trade. Markkanen played one season at the University of Arizona after coming stateside from Finland. Hailed as one of the best offensive prospects in the draft, the Bulls will start their rebuild with a potentially potent scorer.
While there are legitimate questions about his defense at the NBA level, Markkanen is a logical pick as the team looks to build around young players that can fit into Fred Hoiberg’s shooting-based offense. Mike Schmitz at Draft Express describes Markkanen’s offensive talent:
Its Markkanen's tremendous offensive ability at 7-feet tall that makes him such an interesting prospect. A versatile jump shooter, the freshman did the majority of his scoring in spot up and pick and pop situations, but also used his athleticism to attack closeouts, score on put backs, flashed face-up ability in the midrange, made shots off the dribble at a nice rate, and was even utilized off ball screens.
Markkanen is the new face of the Bulls’ youth movement alongside new additions Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn. If he can follow through on his potential to be the best shooter in the draft class, the Bulls will be quite happy. Check out some more highlights of the newest Bull below: