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Lauri Markkanen
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Lauri Markkanen's Post-Hype Potential

by Matt Stroup
Updated On: April 8, 2020, 10:19 am ET

Back in October, Lauri Markkanen jump-started his season like a player who was ready for massive things.  He debuted with 35 points and 17 rebounds... and then more or less disappeared.

Markkanen followed up a big 2018-19 (18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg) with a sub par 2019-20 (14.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg). The main issue was a reduced role, as his shot attempts dropped from 15.3 to 11.8 per game. That points directly at the Bulls' coaching, and it appears that Markkanen's reported recent frustration lands in more or less the same place. 

On the latest episode of the Rotoworld Fantasy Basketball Podcast, Steve Alexander joins me to consider the outlook for Markkanen and De'Andre Hunter moving forward, plus the impressive longevity of Kyle Lowry, and why elite fantasy production past the age of 30 is somewhat ridiculously hard to find. 

You can check out the full episode right here:

Matt Stroup

Matt Stroup covers basketball, football and sometimes baseball for NBC Sports Edge — and has covered eight Olympics as a TV writer for NBC. An avid fantasy player and rabid Atlanta sports fan since the 1990s, he would golf, bowl and play pickup basketball 365 days a year if it was acceptable. You can follow him on Twitter @MattStroup