Video: Antonio Blakeney’s slam leaves Lauri Markkanen in disbelief
It has been a season to forget for the 20-52 Chicago Bulls, but the look on Lauri Markkanen’s face implies that he’ll be sure to remember this dunk from teammate Antonio Blakeney during their 116-101 win against the Phoenix Suns:
Lauri couldn't believe it 😂 pic.twitter.com/4mCkSxLUM9
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) March 19, 2019
Near the start of the fourth quarter, Blakeney rose up in transition and let it rip on top of Josh Jackson, the Suns’ top draft pick from 2017. Already leading by more than 10 at the time, Chicago held on to get the win. While Blakeney only ended the night with six points, four rebounds and two assists, he’s sure to remember two of those points for a while.
Conversely, Markkanen continued to show why the Bulls were excited to draft him not long after Jackson in 2017. Markkanen had 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. He also added nine blocks, two assists and two blocks.
Despite getting dunked on, Jackson actually had a strong showing, putting up 18 points, seven boards and two assists. However, while Markkanen is averaging 18.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game on 43.3 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from 3 this season, Jackson is only averaging 11.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 41.1 percent shooting overall and 32.1 percent from distance.
Blakeney, an undrafted free agent out of LSU, spent most of 2017 in the G League. He won G League Rookie of the Year for his time with the Windy City Bulls, but did make a few NBA appearances throughout the year. He signed an NBA deal with Chicago this past summer and is putting up 7.2 points in just 13.5 minutes per game.