The Chicago Bulls appear to be in rebuild mode. They traded Jimmy Butler away for a higher draft pick and assets from the Minnesota Timberwolves (including former UCLA wing Zach Lavine and Kris Dunn), and then ended up drafting Arizona Wildcats forward Lauri Markkanen!
With efficiency becoming a more coveted skill than ever before, especially in big men, it’s easy to see why Markkanen will be a top ten pick. He may have similar weaknesses that have plagued other bigs with his skill-set, but that’s not a reason for teams to look past what he brings to the table. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling in the draft, likely will not be a superstar, but he does have starter potential for a team in need of a stretch four or five. Even if he doesn’t work out as a starter, he could still probably have a long NBA career because he plays one of the most valued styles in the league right now. Any team looking to modernize its frontcourt should look no further than Lauri Markkanen.