Lauri Markkanen lists making the All-Star Game as a “personal goal”.
Lauri Markkanen embarks on an All-Star level campaign in his freshman year with the Utah Jazz. The sixth-year forward is averaging a career-best 22.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, with 53.9 percent shooting from the field and 36.1 percent shooting from off the arc.
Markkanen is the leading scorer for a Utah Jazz (12-7) who has the best record in the West and third best in the league behind the Celtics (13-4) and Bucks (12-4). The Jazz playing so well may surprise NBA fans and members of the media, who expected Utah to rebuild with new head coach Will Hardy and a new front-office regime led by Danny Ainge.
The 25-year-old forward has garnered positive reviews from his teammates, who think Markkanen is an all-star. When NBA.com’s Mark Medina brought this up, Markannen said, “It’s pretty cool to know that your teammates have your back.”
“Of course I know it’s still very early in the season,” said Markkanen. “Of course I try to go out every night and play like that. That is my goal. It’s fun to hear that from them. But we keep working and focus on everyday life. That has always been a personal goal of mine.”
Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen said that becoming an All-Star has “always been a personal goal of mine.” Markkanen below on his teammates saying he should make the team this season pic.twitter.com/jB3CovzVTl
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 22, 2022
Markkanen said the Jazz must continue to “win basketball games” while working to “get better every day and make numbers a winning team.”
“That’s the trick,” Markkanen said. “I know if I play my best I won’t help the team.