Lauri Markkanen expected to make Bulls debut vs. Pelicans 

Bulls rookie forward Lauri Markkanen is expected to make his Bulls debut Sunday night at the United Center versus the Pelicans. 

Markkanen, 7th overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft, has missed the Bulls first three games due to back spasms. The Arizona product went contact in practice the past few days, and coach Free Hoiberg said barring any setbacks, Markkanen will play Sunday night. 

Hoiberg has stated the starting lineup is “an open competition” outside of Robin Lopez at center. With Markkanens outside shooting abilities, he would be be the perfect option for the power forward/stretch four in the lineup. While it will most likely be Nikola Mirotic, Markkanen should see his way into the lineup soon enough. 

OTHER NOTES

With Kris Dunn sidelined for at least two weeks, Jerian Grant will be your starting point guard in the regular season opener vs. Toranto on October 19th. Grant struggled last season, especially with his outside shot, but his offseason works hopefully pays off. With Dunn sidelined, Denzel Valentine and Ryan Arcidiacano will got some time at the backup PG per Hoiberg. 

Justin Holiday has looked pretty good early in the preseason. It’s going to come down if he can hit shots consistently, but he looks to be a solid role player going into the season. 

I liked Holidays game during his first stint with the Bulls. Another aspect he brings is veteran leadership. Holiday is one of the oldest players and the roster and can be a big voice in that locker room. 

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