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Nikola Mirotic | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 220

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Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-9 shots (1-of-3 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line) with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.
Mirotic is doing his part to show that he can answer the call in fantasy leagues when he gets the minutes, and he has produced enough in 17.5 mpg to be worth owning in 12-team formats on a standalone basis. He'll be inconsistent unless one of the three other big men in Chicago's rotation are out, which has been the case most of the time this season. There's a lot to like here given his upside, but owners need to be prepared for some lulls when the Bulls are at full strength. Dec 12 - 10:52 PM

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Nikola Mirotic hit 3-of-9 shots for 10 points, six rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

It was nice to see him get some run tonight, but Joakim Noah was out with an ankle injury. Once Noah rejoins Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in uniform, minutes will be a problem for him.
Dec 11 - 12:02 AM

Nikola Mirotic played eight minutes off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday with three rebounds and two assists.

He didn't get a shot and it's clear he's going to lose a lot of minutes now that Taj Gibson is back. The Bulls do have a lot of injury-prone players on their front line, so this won't be the last we've seen of Mirotic. For now, he's not going to have much fantasy value.
Dec 6 - 11:48 PM

Nikola Mirotic jokingly tweeted that his ankles are fine after Kemba Walker's crossover sent him skidding backwards during the Bulls' win.

If you haven't seen Walker's play on nightly highlight reels, you can watch by clicking the link below. "Don't worry guys, my ankles are okay. Just need a little ice," Mirotic tweeted after the game. "Good play by Walker." Mirotic has been a revelation for the Bulls while Taj Gibon (ankle) has been out, but he'll likely lose a good deal of fantasy value when Gibson returns in the near future.
Dec 4 - 10:25 AM

Nikola Mirotic was solid again on Wednesday with 11 points, 12 rebounds, a block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench for the Bulls.

Mirotic has been rolling with Taj Gibson out and is averaging 11 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 2.0 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers per game over his last five. He may come to a screeching halt when Gibson is finally back from his ankle injury (soon), but he's played very well in four straight games.
Dec 3 - 10:17 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Taj Gibson (ankle), Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol are "way better" than Nikola Mirotic.

It's too bad he's not this honest with his injury report. It sounds like Mirotic will indeed lose his minutes upon the return of Gibson. He should still be very good for the next couple games and is worth a look tonight even with a 10-game slate.
Dec 3 - 5:43 PM

Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic played 26 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, finishing a loss to Dallas with 15 points, four boards, three assists and two blocks.

He's playing well enough to earn minutes when Chicago is at full strength, and has been a viable fantasy option in Taj Gibson's absence. The usual caveat applies -- once Gibson gets back from his sprained ankle, Mirotic is unlikely to get enough playing time for reliable value.
Dec 3 - 12:17 AM

Nikola Mirotic had another nice outing on Sunday, going for 12 points, 12 rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assists, one steal, and one block over 27 minutes of action.

Mirotic has been great over the past two games, and will be worth owning in standard leagues as long as Taj Gibson (ankle) is sidelined for his ability to offer all-around production without hurting you in any one area. If he's somehow still available in your league, go ahead and grab him.
Nov 30 - 7:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic blocked a career-high five shots against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

It was easily his best game on the defensive end and he wasn't too shabby on offense either, making 4-of-6 from the field. With Doug McDermott looking lost, Mirotic should get minutes in the high 20s while Taj Gibson (ankle) is out. He's worth owning in standard leagues for short-term value.
Nov 28 - 4:01 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off the bench for the short-handed Bulls on Tuesday, making 1-of-5 shots to finish a loss in Denver with four points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

He played 21 minutes and is a nice fantasy option with Taj Gibson (ankle) and Joakim Noah (eye, knee) both out of commission, though he usually scores more without the defensive stats. Gibson could return Friday and Noah is questionable, so keep in mind that Mirotic isn't guaranteed inflated minutes this week.
Nov 26 - 12:09 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with two threes, five boards and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench on Monday.

This was the fear in making a big play for Mirotic -- that Pau Gasol would return and negate the opportunity created by Taj Gibson's injury. Tom Thibodeau doesn't sound convinced that Gasol (calf) will play in Denver on Tuesday so there is some hope for another chance, and for what it's worth Joakim Noah played through a minor eye injury tonight.
Nov 25 - 1:44 AM

Joakim Noah said Nikola Mirotic is a "difference-maker at the offensive end."

Mirotic balled out on Friday without Taj Gibson (ankle) and Pau Gasol (calf) available with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four 3-pointers, but he's going to need injuries ahead of him to produce like that regularly. He has an offensive game that's very capable of helping fantasy teams, but he's limited by his current role.
Nov 24 - 9:55 AM

Nikola Mirotic stepped up with Taj Gibson (ankle) getting hurt against the Blazers on Friday, scoring a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Pau Gasol (calf) did not play tonight and X-rays were negative on Gibson's ankle, so he is not a lock for minutes. That said, Mirotic is capable of blocking shots, hitting treys and turning in good percentages, so it's not a bad idea to add him speculatively in some leagues. To be clear, we wouldn't cut a player you're going to miss.
Nov 22 - 2:10 AM

Nikola Mirotic was productive with Pau Gasol (calf) out on Monday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes.

Mirotic needs an injury or two in front of him before he has any real fantasy value, but this is a good sign that he may be able to come through if given the chance.
Nov 18 - 1:55 AM

Nikola Mirotic saw some extended run off the bench on Saturday against the Wolves, scoring 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

He was a world beater overseas and showed the NBA why the Bulls were so excited about bringing him over. Taj Gibson (ankle) should be in the lineup on Tuesday, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in adding Mirotic. He's an interesting stash because he'd gain a ton of value with any injury to Gibson, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Nov 1 - 11:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Aaron Brooks
3Kirk Hinrich
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed