CHICAGO – While it has been much from a very good yr for the Bulls, at the very least a single of their players will choose part in All-Star Weekend in 2019.
For a next-consecutive time, forward Lauri Markkanen has been named to the Environment roster for the Growing Stars sport. It will be played all through All-Star Weekend at the Spectrum Centre in Charlotte, with the sport tipping off at 8 PM CST on Friday, February 15th.
Markkanen was named to the game despite missing the very first thirty day period-and-a-50 percent of the time with an elbow injury. Even with a coaching alter and some increasing pains, Markkanen is nevertheless averaging 17.2 factors for each sport with 7.8 rebounds a contest.
That acquired him the location on the Environment workforce for the Growing Stars sport alongside with the Sixers’ guard Ben Simmons, Mavericks guard Luka Dončić (Slovenia), Raptors guard OG Anunoby (United Kingdom), Suns heart Deandre Ayton (Bahamas), Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanović (Serbia), Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada), Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (Latvia), Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (Nigeria) and Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (Turkey).
In very last season’s sport at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Markkanen came off the bench to engage in 22 minutes, scoring 15 factors on 7-of-11 shooting with 6 rebounds.
So how did Markkanen celebrate the achievement? By setting a career-significant in rebounds, grabbing 19 of them on Tuesday night against the Nets in Brooklyn. It bested his previous significant of 17, which came on January 22, 2018 against the Pelicans in New Orleans, but it wasn’t adequate as the Nets conquer the Bulls 122-117.
Starters for the All-Star Game have now been named, which as envisioned did not incorporate any associates of the Bulls. Only Zach LaVine (22.9 factors for each sport) figures to have any shot of being named to the workforce, but at the minute it appears like a long shot on a workforce that is 11-40 via 51 online games.
But at the very least a single member of the Bulls will get a possibility to represented the franchise at the NBA’s yearly mid-time showcase.