The ex-Arizona Wildcat became the first rookie in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers or more in his first three games.
NBA RECORD - Lauri Markkanen is the first player in NBA history to make 10 threes in the first 3 games of his career.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) October 24, 2017
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.
LeBron James on Lauri Markkanen: pic.twitter.com/IUJDjanolG— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 25, 2017
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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