#23 Power Forward

Lauri Markkanen

Height / Weight
7' 0" / 240 lbs
May 22, 1997 (25)
NBA Draft
1st Round, 7th Overall, 2017
Full Name: Lauri Elis Markkanen
Nickname: The Finnisher, The Marksman
Shoe Size: 14
Education: Arizona
Parents: Pekka and Riikka Markkanen
Spouse: Verna Aho

Lauri Markkanen Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Lauri Elis Markkanen was born on May 22, 1997. He is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. Lauri Markkanen is Finnish, but has found his way to America through his exceptional basketball talents. He was drafted 7th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2017 draft, but was sent to the Chicago Bulls on draft night via trade involving superstar Jimmy Butler. 

Lauri was destined to be an athlete as he is the son of Finnish basketball players Pekka and Rikke Markkanen. His other brother, Eero Markkanen is also a soccer player. It is clear athleticism runs in the family. Lauri is married to Verna Aho, and together they have one son. Markkanen grew up in Jyvaskyla and played for HoNsU in his younger years. From 2014 to 2016 he played for HBA-Marsky, a team within the Finnish second-tier league, which helped mold him as a player. He later took his talents to America as a member of the Arizona Wildcats. The NCAA Division 1 hype around Lauri grew quickly, and he surely lived up to the hype. Following one year at Arizona, Markkanen declared for the NBA draft and found a home in Chicago. Markkanen has provided instant impact for the Bulls and is continuing to grow as a player, as he is in the midst of his third NBA season this year in 2019-20. 

Lauri Markkanen Basketball Career

High School Career (HoNsU, HBA-Marsky)

Growing up in Jyvaskyla, Finland the basketball path is a bit different than in America. Markkanen played his junior years on a local team in HoNsU. In 2014, he transitioned to HBA-Marsky in the Finnish second-tier league. He played here until he left his native land for America to take his basketball career to the next level. 

College Career (Arizona Wildcats)

The Finnish star verbally committed to the Arizona Wildcats on October 17, 2015. He later signed his National Letter of Intent to Arizona on November 11. Coming into the league, he was widely considered a one-and-done college player. Coming into Arizona, he was the first person since Mike Bibby to don the No. 10 jersey. This gave Lauri big shoes to fill, and the 7-footer ended up filling those shoes just fine.

Markkanen enjoyed his collegiate career-high on January 12 against in-state rival, Arizona State. He poured in 30 points against their in-state foe on that night. Following a great season, he was selected for Third-Team All-American, First-Team all Pac-12, and the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. In addition, he was a top 15 finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. In his sole season as a Wildcat, Markkanen averaged 15.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game. Following that year, he decided to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft.

NBA Career

Lauri Markkanen was drafted 7th Overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2017 NBA draft. On draft night, he was involved in a trade that sent him to Chicago. The blockbuster trade sent Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkaenen to the Chicago Bulls, in return for Jimmy Butler and the rights to Justin Patton for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lauri officially signed with the Chicago Bulls on July 5, 2017. 

In his NBA debut on October 19, Markkanen provided excitement for Chicago. After fans were highly upset about losing Jimmy Butler, Markkanen stepped up to the plate right away. In his debut, Lauri poured in 17 points. Following that, he set an NBA record for the most 3-pointers in the first three games of an NBA career with 10. His first 30-point game, and then career-high, came against the New York Knicks. On December 30, 2017, Markkanen dropped 33 points, due to the likes of eight three-pointers. This one great game of many in his rookie campaign helped Markkanen earn his spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. 

In his second season, 2018-2019, Markkanen, unfortunately, missed the first 23 games of the season due to injury. Following his return, Lauri posted his career-high in rebounds against the Brooklyn Nets on January 28, with 19 rebounds. Not too long after that, Markkanen poured in 35 points in a win over the Boston Celtics, setting his new career-high. Unfortunately again, on March 28, Lauri was ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. He played 52 total games in 2018-19 and managed to average 18.7 points and 9 rebounds per game.

In his first game of the 2019-20 season, Markkanen came back with a vengeance. He played like he had something to prove, which to most, he certainly did. Markkanen tied his career-high with 35 points and added 17 rebounds to go along with it. This was the most points scored by a Chicago Bull on opening day since Michael Jordan. Markkanen has again missed a large portion of this season due to injury.

Lauri Markkanen Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Markkanen is set to make $5,300,400 in the 2019-20 NBA season. In Markkanen’s 3-year career he has totaled $13,658,160. His current contract with the Chicago Bulls is 4-years, $20,389,668. The Finnish superstar managed to ink a multi-year deal with Nike, but the monetary information is undisclosed.

Lauri Markkanen signed a 4-year, $5.3 million deal with the Chicago Bulls in 2017.

Lauri Markkanen Personal Life

Athleticism runs deep in the Markkanen family tree. Lauri was destined to be a baller as he is the son of Finnish basketball players Pekka and Rikke Markkanen. His other brother, Eero Markkanen is also a soccer player. His athletic gene pool, in combination with his exceptional 7-foot frame, provided him a great platform for success. The Finland native lived his whole life in his homeland until coming to America to play for the Arizona Wildcats in 2016. He is married to Verna Ago, and they welcomed a son together in 2018.

Awards & Achievements

Awards and Honors by Type:
1 x NBA All-Rookie First Team
Awards and Honors by Year:
NBA All-Rookie First Team

Lauri Markkanen Fun Facts

  • His parents were both Finnish basketball players.
  • Markkanen was the leading scorer in the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship tournament with 24.9 PPG. 
  • He was the fastest player to reach 100 career three-pointers in NBA history.
  • Lauri can speak Finnish, English, and Swedish.
Career stats
26 33.9 52.8 41.3 83.3 8.5 2.2 0.7 0.6 22.2
61 30.8 44.5 35.8 86.8 5.7 1.3 0.5 0.8 14.8
51 25.8 48.0 40.2 82.6 5.3 0.9 0.3 0.5 13.6
50 29.8 42.5 34.4 82.4 6.3 1.5 0.5 0.8 14.7
52 32.3 43.0 36.1 87.2 9.0 1.4 0.6 0.7 18.7
68 29.7 43.4 36.2 84.3 7.5 1.2 0.6 0.6 15.2
Recent Games
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