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Nikola Mirotic | Forward | #44

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 220
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (23) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Fred Hoiberg said that the starting power forward position in Chicago is an "open competition."
Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis all spent time running with the first unit during Tuesday's practice, so this is likely an issue that won't be resolved until we're much closer to the regular season. Mirotic should have a bit of an edge given that his ability to spread the floor with his 3-point shot will give the Bulls some much needed spacing, so he makes for the most attractive late-middle round target out of the group. Additionally, Mirotic is fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained during Spain's bonze medal game at the Olympics. Sep 27 - 2:30 PM

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Nikola Mirotic tweeted that his knee is fine.

Mirotic had a knee-on-knee collision with Aron Baynes during Spain's bronze medal game, but he played through the injury and was in good spirits after the contest, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. While we still haven't heard official word on Mirotic’s test results, it sounds like he’ll be good to go for training camp.
Aug 23 - 3:27 PM

Nikola Mirotic doesn't think that his knee injury is serious.

He banged his right knee in a collision with Aron Baynes on Sunday, but was able to return to the game after a brief stint on the bench. "I didn’t want to miss that opportunity to play. I was hot in that moment too, so I didn’t feel a lot of pain," Mirotic said. "Right now, I’m feeling hurt. But it’s OK. We won the medal. That’s the most important thing. Hopefully, this is nothing. I need to do some tests now and I expect it’s all good." We should hear the results of the tests today, but the good news is that he doesn't seem too concerned about his knee. The Bulls need his floor spacing, so he could be poised for a huge role this season.
Aug 22 - 10:07 AM

Nikola Mirotic banged his knee during the Bronze medal game on Sunday and will have "some tests" done.

He was down in obvious pain after colliding with Aron Baynes, though he did check back into the game down the stretch. Mirotic said that the pain got worse after the game ended, but we should get an official diagnosis soon. Mirotic finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three treys.
Aug 21 - 12:52 PM

Nikola Mirotic was locked in during a 92-67 victory over France on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, no turnovers and five 3-pointers.

The Bulls could definitely use this version of Mirotic. He's playing much better these days and now sits on a pristine 65.6 true shooting percentage in his six Rio games. With the Bulls really lacking 3-pointers from their three primary ball-handlers in the first unit, there is tremendous pressure on Mirotic to knock down jumpers for spacing. He's a very interesting fantasy target after a strong post-break run last year.
Aug 17 - 3:22 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 17 points in an easy win over Lithuania on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

He made all seven attempts from two-point range with his four attempts from deep. Mirotic is finally starting to get it going with a 19-point game coming on Tuesday. He'll be asked to shoot a ton of 3-pointers for the Bulls next year, which makes him a late-mid round pick.
Aug 13 - 7:46 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting vs. Croatia, making four 3-pointers with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

Mirotic drained a wide-open 3-pointer to bring Spain within one point with 12 second left, but it wasn't enough in a 72-70 loss. The Bulls need Mirotic to spread the court after a season in which he led the team in 3-pointers made (2.0 per game) and attempted (5.2), making him a perimeter specialist with upside as a source of scoring, rebounds, blocks and FT percentage.
Aug 7 - 8:25 PM

The Bulls beat the 76ers for the 10th straight time on Wednesday, led by Nikola Mirotic's 32 points, seven 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks.

Wow. Mirotic has been wildly inconsistent this season but he ends the year with a forceful reminder of his upside, connecting on 10-of-17 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs with just two turnovers in 39 minutes. His erratic play adds definite risk but Mirotic remains an intriguing target on draft day.
Apr 14 - 12:07 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points with four boards, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Monday.

We really want Mirotic to decide if he's going to be really good or really bad. He had just four points vs. the Heat on Thursday and then scored 13 points in 17 minutes on Saturday vs. the Cavs, so you just never know what type of performance you're going to get from him on a nightly basis. The good news is that Pau Gasol (knee) and Taj Gibson (ribs) will not play on Wednesday vs. the 76ers, so Mirotic is basically a lock to see heavy minutes in that one.
Apr 11 - 11:04 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored four points with one rebound, one assist, three steals and six fouls in 27 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

It was bad. Really, really bad. Mirotic made way too many mistakes on both ends and his inconsistency has been his calling card all year. It's really hard to trust him the rest of the way, but he does have upside.
Apr 7 - 11:37 PM

Nikola Mirotic is starting on Thursday against the Heat.

The Bulls are going smaller for this game and Mirotic should play more this time around. He should be busy, but be careful of the massive dud. Bobby Portis is moving to the bench.
Apr 7 - 7:46 PM

Nikola Mirotic drained 6-of-9 threes to finish Tuesday's loss in Memphis with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

Mirotic is now averaging 20.2 points in his past five games, showing some welcome consistency in the absence of Taj Gibson (ribs). All of his attempts came from downtown and he's suddenly a must-start player with just four games left in the Bulls' regular season. Better late than never.
Apr 5 - 10:50 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points to help Chicago hold off the Bucks on Sunday, making 6-of-16 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with six boards, three assists and three 3-pointers.

Mirotic had back-to-back 28-point games last week before flopping in 24 minutes vs. Detroit on Saturday. He can be maddeningly inconsistent but the Bulls need his production with Derrick Rose (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ribs) both ailing, so don't hesitate to use him if those guys aren't cleared to play vs. Memphis on Tuesday.
Apr 3 - 9:43 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored six points with one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday.

For some reason, he's just not good at the United Center. Mirotic scored 14.2 points per game on the road and just 8.9 points at home this season while his efficiency is much greater on the road, too. His inconsistency is a major headache, but he has upside. The good news? The Bulls have a three-game road trip coming up.
Apr 2 - 10:40 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

Taj Gibson (ribs) not playing cleared the way for Mirotic to get big run off the bench -- Bobby Portis was also awful in the first unit. Mirotic is coming off a 28-point game on Tuesday after a dreadful run in his three previous games. It's never been about the ceiling for Mirotic, but consistency has killed him. He still has to be added in all leagues after two awesome games.
Apr 1 - 12:06 AM