(First posted at RealGM)
The seven-foot gunner from Finland posted one of the most remarkable shooting seasons in NCAA history, nailing 40.2% of his 107 two-point jumpers and 43.2% of his 155 three-point shots.
Perhaps even more impressive than the volume of shots he got up and made is the multiple ways he did it. Markkanen can not only hit spot-up looks but also proved himself able to make three-pointers out of the pick-and-pop and coming off screens, which opposing big men have a really hard time defending. Hell, he even gotten some stop-and-pop pull-up jumpers up, as Arizona gave him the ball in side pick-and-roll here and there.
Markkanen is the walking, talking, breathing definition of gravity in basketball and his mere existence on the court makes life easier for his teammates, as they are often playing four-on-four because the man guarding Markkanen is told to have no help responsibility.
He will not be the number one pick in the draft because of every other aspect of the game, though. Markkanen can’t play above the rim as a target for lobs, doesn’t have long arms to rebound outside of his area in the offensive glass, doesn’t have much strength to set deep position in the post on offense or hold his ground in the post on defense, lacks toughness in the defensive glass, hasn’t shown particularly great instincts in help defense and lacks length to act as a rim protector.
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