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Lauri Markkanen Hype & Appreciation Thread




HermanG

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Hardy: "I dont know where his ceiling is. I dont think anyone does. But I dont think we have seen it yet."

Or something along those lines. Also praised Lauris athleticism and his footwork being incredible for a guy his size.
 

HermanG

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A testament how Markkanen has transformed this season:

He is averaging career high in points per 36 minutes at 24.4 (previous 20.8) despite averaging career low in 3 point attempts at 6.3 (previous 7.1).
 

hgb

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A testament how Markkanen has transformed this season:

He is averaging career high in points per 36 minutes at 24.4 (previous 20.8) despite averaging career low in 3 point attempts at 6.3 (previous 7.1).
Gotta say, he's been remarkably steady at the threes. His 6 seasons in the league he's been between 7.1 and 8.1 threes per 36 minutes except this (6.3, as you say). That's crazy little variation.

His FGA/36 is the highest ever except his sophomore season with the Bulls, though. And while I love to see him hit those threes, the way he's been able to abuse smaller players in the post (and get and-1's repeatedly) has been the highlight for me (well, that, and the fact that he's been defending at a really high level, which I didn't really think was his game).

The "would you even trade Lauri for Donovan straight up now"[0] question isn't nearly as ridiculous now as it was this summer.

[0] - I know it doesn't work financially
 

HermanG

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Gotta say, he's been remarkably steady at the threes. His 6 seasons in the league he's been between 7.1 and 8.1 threes per 36 minutes except this (6.3, as you say). That's crazy little variation.

His FGA/36 is the highest ever except his sophomore season with the Bulls, though. And while I love to see him hit those threes, the way he's been able to abuse smaller players in the post (and get and-1's repeatedly) has been the highlight for me (well, that, and the fact that he's been defending at a really high level, which I didn't really think was his game).

The "would you even trade Lauri for Donovan straight up now"[0] question isn't nearly as ridiculous now as it was this summer.

[0] - I know it doesn't work financially
Yeah his defense and off ball movement are like night and day based on this year vs watching some old Cavs and Bulls games.

And he has gotten so much stronger and bulkier, without losing his step.
 


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