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Lauri Markkanen first player in NBA history with 48 threes in first 20 games

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The Chicago Bulls may not have a lot of reason to celebrate this season, especially with their 3-16 record so far, However, one of the bright spots for them is the remarkable play of their rookie, Lauri Markkanen, who has started his pro career well. He has been a reliable scorer for them through 19 games, and continued his impressive ways on Thursday versus the Denver Nuggets.

By knocking down his first 3-pointer on the night, the 7-foot Finnish international made history by becoming the first rookie ever to hit 48 shots beyond the arc in his first 20 games.

The feat only goes to show how Markkanen is living up to expectations, after the Bulls received him as part of the draft night deal centered around Jimmy Butler. He is averaging solid numbers as well of 14.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30.6 minutes per game, and is making the their fans feel optimistic about their team’s future.

With how he has been hitting 3-pointers, it won’t come as a surprise if he’ll break other records later on in the season. Should that happen, it should raise his confidence further, and will help him become the best player he can be, and even speed up the Bulls’ rebuilding process.