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Lauri Markkanen becomes fastest player in NBA history to hit 100 three-pointers

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The Chicago Bulls have one of the league's best rookies at their disposal as Lauri Markkanen is proving to be a future star.

The big man is having a terrific first season in the NBA and his skill set is well suited to the current era.

He is the perfect modern-day power forward due to his ability to stretch the floor and hit outside shots.

Markkanen is arguably the best shooter to come out of the draft and he's going some way to justifying the Bulls' decision to trade Jimmy Butler and acquire that pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The numbers back up just how prolific he is from beyond the arc as he's setting historic milestones.

During Monday's 119-111 win over the Miami Heat, the 20-year-old made NBA history by becoming the fastest player to knock down 100 three-pointers.

The youngster from Finland needed just 41 games to accomplish the incredible feat. The previous record was held by Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who did it in 58 games.

He has been a sharpshooter from downtown for Chicago this year as he makes 2.5 threes per game on a 37.4 shooting percentage.

The number seven overall pick has been particularly hot in recent games as he's shot 50 percent or better from long distance in seven of his last eight games.

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

Markkanen ended the game against Miami with 17 points, nine rebounds, and three assists to help snap the visitors' nine-game winning streak.

As a team, the three-point shot has become a huge weapon for the Bulls and they connected on 16-of-39 in this contest, which makes it their eighth straight game with at least 10 makes from beyond the arc, a franchise record.

Their rookie forward has had a big part to play in that as his spacing helps create opportunities for the rest of the team.

Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

For the season, Markkanen is averaging 15.5 ppg and 7.6 rpg and is one of the leading candidates for the Rookie of the Year award.

He had his breakout moment at Madison Square Garden last week when he exploded for 33 points and drained 8-of-11 from deep, which saw him tie NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki as the only seven-footers to sink that many.

The Bulls will face the red-hot Golden State Warriors in their next outing and they'll certainly hope that their young sensation keeps the hot hand and shows that he's ready to compete with the best team in the league.

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