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Markkanen Throws Down Back-To-Back All-Star Dunks

Feb 19, 2023, 7:28 PM | Updated: Feb 21, 2023, 3:20 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – Lauri Markkanen continued his strong start to the All-Star game adding another pair of highlight reel dunks in the second quarter.

Markkanen first caught an alley-oop from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, then followed it up with a double-pump reverse dunk.

They were Jazz forward’s fourth and fifth baskets of the game as he brought his scoring total to 11.

Markkanen Making First All-Star Appearance

Markkanen is making his first All-Star appearance Sunday night as the star-studded weekend comes to a close in Utah.

The Jazz forward is the team’s lone representative in front of the home crowd and should get plenty of opportunity to prove he belongs.

After a stellar start to his career with the Jazz, Markkanen was chosen by NBA coaches as a reserve for the All-Star game and was bumped up to a starting position due to injuries.

 

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Markkanen has the unique opportunity to represent both Utah as the league host, and his country, becoming the first Finnish player to be named an NBA All-Star.

“Being in the hometown and having my family here and having them experiencing everything with me, I think that’s been pretty cool,” Markkanen said.

The Jazz forward is having a career year in Utah, averaging 24.9 points and 8.8 rebounds, proving why he was worthy of a top-seven pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Markkanen was the final pick of the starters during the pre-All-Star draft on Sunday night being selected by Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Team LeBron

Team LeBron includes the following NBA All-Stars:

Reserves

  • Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
  • Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)
  • Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers)
  • Julius Randle (New York Knicks)
  • De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings)
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies)

Starters

  • Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Kyrie Irving (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets)
  • LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)

Team Giannis

Team Giannis includes the following NBA All-Stars:

Reserves

  • Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls)
  • Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors)
  • Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
  • Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings)

Starters

  • Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
  • Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

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Ben Anderson is the Utah Jazz insider for KSL Sports and the co-host of Jake and Ben from 10-12p with Jake Scott on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. Find Ben on Twitter at @BensHoops or on Instagram @BensHoops.

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Markkanen Throws Down Back-To-Back All-Star Dunks