NBA Scouts Are Debating Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen as the Next Kristaps Porzingis

December 14th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

There aren't many big men who've created waves yet in the early 2017 NBA draft discussion. Arizona's Lauri Markkanen is one of the exceptions, though his skill set doesn't reflect a traditional big man's game. 

"This kid is a stud," an NBA executive told Bleacher Report. "I've watched him over seven times—his skill level and soft touch from outside are things one can't teach. Get guys to have him lower so we can steal him."

A 7-footer whose shot selection more closely resembles a wing's than a power forward or center's, the Finnish freshman is executing moves that mirror New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis.

The NBA's scouting lens has picked up Markkanen's rare offensive versatility as well. After leading the U20 European Championships in scoring over the summer, Markkanen has carried that momentum to Arizona, where he's averaging 16.8 points and shooting a red-hot 47.7 percent from three.

The Porzingis comparison stems from Markkanen's perimeter scoring for a 7'0", 230-pounder. His mechanics and track record both fuel convincing shooting potential.

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