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- The best of Lauri Markkanen's 2020-21 season
News: 9 hours agoMarkkanen will start the Cavaliers' final preseason game Friday at small forward, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Spin: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been intrigued by the way the Cavaliers offense looks with the seven-footer at small forward and will have one more look at the lineup before the regular season begins. The former Bull excelled at his new position -- posting 18 points in 26 minutes -- against his old team during Sunday's loss.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Markkanen got the fresh start he was looking for this offseason, when the Bulls traded him to the Cavaliers. He was coming off the worst season of his career, in which he set new lows in scoring, rebounding and minutes played. However, Markkanen is still young at only 24 years old, and still has the upside he showed as a sophomore averaging 18.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 2.3 3PG. He will compete with rookie Evan Mobley, last season's lottery draft pick Isaac Okoro and perhaps veteran Kevin Love for minutes, but with the size of the contract extension he signed you'd expect the Cavaliers to give him plenty of minutes this season.