The return of Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has finally arrived. After missing the team’s first 23 games due to an elbow injury, he’s slated to make his 2018-19 debut on Saturday against the Houston Rockets. The news was first revealed by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and came to light after Markkanen practiced without any setbacks.
The talented forward who averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season will be a key part of the Bulls success even beyond the current season. After being a first-team All-Rookie selection, there’s certainly plenty of hype surrounding his return as well. With that said, this doesn’t mean he’ll jump right into the starting lineup for his debut.
Let’s take a look at the Bulls’ projected starting lineup and roster for the game against the Rockets on Saturday.
Bulls’ Projected Roster & Starting Lineup vs. Rockets
*Notates expected starter
C- Wendell Carter Jr.*, Robin Lopez, Cristiano Felicio
PF- Jabari Parker*, Lauri Markkanen
SF- Justin Holiday*
SG- Zach LaVine*, Cameron Payne, Chandler Hutchinson
PG- Ryan Arcidiacono*, Shaquille Harrison, Antonio Blakeney
Source: Heavy Sports