The Finnish big man has endured a rocky third season. Though he's appeared in all 46 of the Bulls' games to date, he's averaging career lows in points (15) and rebounds (6.5) per game, as well as 3-point percentage (34.4%).
Markkanen's campaign hasn't been especially pretty from a team perspective, either. Chicago has been outscored by 2.4 points per 100 possessions with the former seventh overall pick on the court this season. When the 22-year-old sits, the Bulls' net rating improves to minus-0.9 points per 100 possessions; still poor, but not quite as bad.
Despite owning a 17-29 (.370) record, Chicago is just 2.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth seed in the top-heavy Eastern Conference.