“I’m just extremely happy for Lauri,” LaVine said. “The type of player that he is and he’s become, how aggressive he is out there. He’s 100 percent an All-Star in my book, he’s getting my vote.”
So far this season, Markkanen is averaging a career-high 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game on career-high shooting from the field at 52.9 percent and from 3-point range at 41.5 percent.
In the loss to his former team, Markkanen finished with 28 points, which included a poster slam over Nikola Vucevic.
“Those dunks,” LaVine said, “I had to tell him in the first half to calm down a little bit. That didn’t help anything.”
Though it didn’t work out in Chicago for Markkanen, he’s found a home in Utah.