Player Profile

Lauri Markkanen

Lauri Markkanen

Utah Jazz Small forward / Power forward

Nationality :Finnish
Date Of Birth :22 May 1997
Height :7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight :240 lb (109 kg)

Lauri Markkanen: A Brief Biography

Pekka and Rikka Markkanen welcomed Lauri into the world on May 22, 1997, and he spent his childhood in Jyväskylä. His father was also a Finnish basketball player.

The NBA player has two brothers: Eero Pekka Sakari Markkanen, a professional soccer player for the Finnish soccer team Gnistan, and Mikka Markkanen, a former professional basketball player.

The Markkanen family seems to be born with a passion for athletics.

In his junior year, Lauri began participating in basketball for his neighborhood team, HoNsU. Between 2014 and 2016, he also competed for the HBA-Märsky in the second-tier league of Finland.

Markkanen attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he also participated on the men’s basketball team as a player for the Arizona Wildcats.

Height of Lauri Markkanen, Weight, and Body Stats

Lauri is a 26-year-old woman who is approximately 109 kg (240 pounds) tall and 7 feet (2.13 meters) in length.

His BMI is 24, which falls within the healthy weight range. Additionally, Markkanen can easily compete with the NBA’s top players thanks to his tall and lean frame.

How much does Lauri Markkanen Earn? Net Worth

The basketball player from Finland has so far had a fairly prosperous career. He is only 26 years old, and by 2023, his net worth is expected to be $10 million.

His reported annual salary with the Jazz is $16,475,454, and future seasons are expected to see him make even more money.

After his rookie scale contract with the Chicago Bulls expired on August 28, 2021, Lauri signed a 4-year deal worth $67,470,906 with them, $55,426,362 of which was guaranteed.

Lauri Markkanen plays for Utah Jazz (Northwest NBA Team)

College Career 

Lauri joined the Arizona Wildcats on October 17, 2015, ahead of the 2016–17 season after playing for the neighborhood team in Finland.

On November 11, he signed a contract to play for the Wildcats. The young Finnish player was predicted by ESPN.com to be a draft prospect for the NBA.

He was the first player since Mike Bibby to don the Wildcats’ number 10 jersey.

He was able to contribute significantly to his team thanks to his tall stature. And according to SB Nation, he was among the best shooters among college basketball players.

In January 2017, the small forward received the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week awards.

Markkanen was also listed on the pre-season Karl Malone Award Watchlist, Karl Malone Award Finalist, Naismith Award Watchlist, and Naismith Top 30 Finalist lists during his time in college.

He was also added to the Wooden Award midseason top 25, the Wayman Tisdale Award midseason, and the Oscar Robertson Award midseason watch lists.

Markkanen was among the top 15 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as well.

He scored a career-high 30 points against Arizona State, his most bitter rival.

The small forward was selected to the third team All-American team on March 6, 2017, by the Associated Press, NBC Sports, USA Today, and the Sporting News as a result of his outstanding performance.

In addition, he was chosen for the first team of the Pac-12, the first team of the Pac-12 Freshman team, and the first team of the Pac-12 in the Associated Press.

The Finnish player gave up his remaining college eligibility in 2017 and declared for the NBA draft.

Minnesota Timberwolves selected Markkanen with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was, nevertheless, exchanged for Jimmy Butler and the Justin Patton rights, along with Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and other players, by the Chicago Bulls.

Rookie Season 

Markkanen signed a contract with the Bulls on July 5, 2017, and on October 19, 2017, he made his NBA debut, scoring 17 points.

The power forward set an NBA record by scoring the most 3-pointers in a player’s first three games of a career.

Brian Scalabrine, a former NBA player, granted Markkanen’s request for permission to wear the number 24.

The Finnish player had 24 points in a game against the Charlotte Hornets while wearing the #24 jersey.

Markkanen recorded a then-career-high 32 points and 7 rebounds in a victory over the Indiana Pacers.

In double overtime against the New York Knicks, he offset his previous career-high 33 points with eight 3-pointers for a 122-119 victory.

He was the second 7-foot player, after Dirk Nowitzki, to make eight three-pointers in a game.

In a contest against the Los Angeles Lakers, Lauri had a career-high three blocks.

In February, he scored 21 points versus the Orlando Magic, and in March, he scored 22 points versus the Memphis Grizzlies.

With his 17 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 28, 2018, Markkanen surpassed Hanno Möttölä to take over as the top scorer among Finnish NBA players.

On May 22, 2018, the NBA announced his selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

After Kyle Kuzma and Ben Simmons, Markkanen finished his rookie year averaging 7.5 rebounds, 15.2 points, and 14 double-doubles, which was the third-most.

Proceeding With Chicago Bulls 

He missed the first 23 games of his second season with the Bulls due to an elbow injury he sustained during team training.

He recovered, though, and racked up a career-high 19 rebounds in a challenging game against the Brooklyn Nets.

In a different contest, Markkanen defeated the Brooklyn Nets with 31 points and 18 rebounds.

When the Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics on February 23, the small forward had his then-career-high 35 points and 15 rebounds.

Similar to this, Lauri defeated the Atlanta Hawks in March with 32 points and 17 rebounds.

But regrettably, Markkanen was unable to play in the remaining contests after having some health problems on March 26 against the Toronto Raptors.

He played 52 games in his second season, averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 20 double-doubles, fourth best in the NBA that year.

Final Season

In the opening game of his third season against the Charlotte Hornets, he tied his previous career high of 35 points while also pulling down 17 rebounds. Since Michael Jordan in 1995, this was the most opening-day point ever.

Markkanen lost his starting spot in 2021 when Nikola Vuevi and Daniel Theis, two seasoned players, joined the Bulls.

In a 102-116 loss to the Golden State Warriors, he recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, and an assist while playing off the bench for the first time this season.

With fewer playing minutes available, Markkanen began as the small forward for the second team.

As a result, on April 12, he used a score of 0 for the first time in his career against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Cleveland Cavaliers

On August 28, 2021, Markkanen was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers after seeing little action with the Chicago Bulls.

The Portland Trail Blazers were part of a sign-and-trade involving three teams in the transaction. He scored 31 points, had 10 rebounds, and 4 steals in a 119-116 overtime victory over the Nuggets on March 18, 2022.

Utah Jazz

In exchange for Donovan Mitchell, Markkanen was traded to the Utah Jazz along with Ochai Agbaji, Collin Sexton, three first-round picks, and two pick swaps.

In a 131-114 victory over the Houston Rockets in January 2023, the Finnish player recorded a career-high 49 points along with 8 rebounds.

On February 10, 2023, he was selected to play in his first NBA All-Star game as a reserve for the Western Conference, but after Stephen Curry and Zion Williamson suffered injuries, he was elevated to the starting lineup.

National Team

Markkanen averaged 18.2 points per game while making his international debut with the U-18 national team at the 2015 FIBA Europe U18 Championship.

Markkanen finished with the most points at the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.

At the EuroBasket in 2017, “The Finisher” made his senior team debut. His native nation hosted a portion of this tournament.

Over 6 games, he had an average of 19.5 points and 5.7 rebounds. Unfortunately, in the round of 16, the Finnish team’s journey came to an end.

In 2022, Markkanen participated in his second EuroBasket event. He broke the previous mark for a Finnish player at the EuroBasket with 43 points in a 94-86 victory over Croatia.

The loss to Spain in the quarterfinals put an end to their chances of winning the championship, though.

NBA Trophies & Titles

Personal Life

Let’s examine the Finnish star’s dating history now.

Markkanen has kept his dating life private, so little is known about his previous relationships.

Lauri and Verna Aho have reportedly been married since 2017, but there is little known about the couple’s history or how they first met.

However, according to sources, they have been friends since middle school, and Verna is an activist for human rights and a blogger.

Alvar, a son, was the couple’s firstborn in 2018, and another child arrived in 2020.