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Quick note on draft prospect Lauri Markkanen

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Listed as the #7 choice on DraftExpress’ mock draft board: is Markkanen worth taking if he falls to #14?

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By all accounts Lauri Markkanen seems to offer a ton of potential as sweet-shooting 7-foot prospect. DraftExpress has him going to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 7 spot.

The Ringer puts him through the ringer as one of three players who have fallen in their 2017 NBA Draft Big Boards. The other two were Isaiah Hartenstein and Harry Giles, who bailed on a workout with the Miami Heat. Per The Ringer,

I still like Lauri; he’s a 7-footer who shoots 3s at a high level and it’s easy to see him scoring a lot of points in his career. But saying Markkanen is a 7-footer who shoots 3s is a bit of an empty statement.

The video below illustrates that Markkanen plays a James Harden level of defense. Of course, Harden hasn’t done too badly in the NBA.

Watching his defense is painful. Should the Heat take him, if he drops to #14? Would he become a Justin Hamilton or a James Harden?

The idea of snagging a top-10 prospect who drops on Miami’s lap during the draft seems too good to pass up. In this case though, his high-octane scoring could be fool’s gold. Unless he delivers the All-Star level offensive of Harden or the defense-optional Isaiah Thomas.