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Lauri Markkanen is first player in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers in first three games

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The ex-Wildcat is making an early case to be Rookie of the Year

San Antonio Spurs v Chicago Bulls Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Lauri Markkanen got inserted into the Chicago Bulls’ starting lineup because of some very weird circumstances, but he’s quickly making the most of his opportunity.

The ex-Arizona Wildcat became the first rookie in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers or more in his first three games.

Kevin Durant had the previous record, making 10 3s in four games.

Markkanen is 10 of 22 (45 percent) from behind the arc in his first three games, averaging 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.

The 7-footer had 19 points and was 5 of 8 from 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, including this 3 in LeBron James’ face.

Here the entire game highlights from Lauri’s big night:

And here’s what LeBron had to say afterward about the Arizona product.

Because of how well Markkanen is playing and the amount of playing time he’ll likely get — the Bulls are really, really bad — it’s feasible that he could be the Rookie of the Year this season.

The last Wildcat to be the NBA Rookie of the Year was Damon Stoudamire back in 1995-96 when he was with the Toronto Raptors.


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