Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (23) and Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) react as the Utah Jazz win an NBA game against the Phoenix Suns 134-133 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Shortly after the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, on the shoulders of a 38-point career-night from Lauri Markkanen, his teammate officially started the public campaign for Markkanen to become an NBA All-Star.

Lauri Markkanen is an All-Star. That’s it.

— Jarred Vanderbilt (@JVando) November 19, 2022

Jarred Vanderbilt didn’t mince words and didn’t try to beat around the bush.

“Lauri Markkanen is an All-Star,” he wrote on Twitter. “That’s it.”

Currently, Markkanen is ranked 7th in points per game (22.2) among frontcourt players in the Western Conference and is second in that group in field goal percentage (54.4%). The only player in the NBA with as many points per game and a higher effective field goal percentage than Markkanen (61.1%) is Stephen Curry (65.2%)

The Jazz needed every bit of fight from Mike Conley on Friday night, they needed all of Malik Beasley’s 27 points off the bench, they needed every ounce of defense from Vanderbilt to eek out the 134-133 victory over Phoenix, and still, the team knew that Markkanen was the star of the show.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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