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Nikola Mirotic | Forward | #44

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (23) / HOU
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Nikola Mirotic returned from an illness on Tuesday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Not a bad line from Mirotic, who also benefitted from the absence of Taj Gibson, who was out with an ankle injury. The song remains the same with Miro - he'll have some big games and some bad games, so catching him on the right night can be tough. But if Gibson's ankle injury lingers, Mirotic will be someone worth picking up, while he could also bounce back for a decent second half, with or without Gibson. Mirotic is the textbook definition of a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues. Jan 17 - 11:09 PM

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Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Mavs.

Mirotic, who has missed four straight games due to strep throat, has been a disappointment this season, averaging career-lows in points (9.5), assists (0.8), field goal percentage (.387), 3-point percentage (.312) and free-throw percentage (.758). Hopefully, he can bounce back in the second half of the season to salvage his 2016-17 campaign. Mirotic's return will cut into Doug McDermott's minutes and likely knock Bobby Portis out of the rotation.
Jan 17 - 12:11 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg is "hopeful" that Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play on Tuesday against Dallas.

Mirotic has missed four games due to the illness, which appears to be strep throat. Prior to the issue, he averaged 25.8 minutes, 10.8 points, four rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in the month of January.
Jan 15 - 7:43 PM

Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

He has a really, really bad case of something with now four games out of the lineup. Mirotic being out should open up minutes for Doug McDermott as the second-unit shooter, but McDermott has been awful lately. If things change on Saturday, maybe Bobby Portis gets a look.
Jan 14 - 3:31 PM

Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

This will be his third game out of the lineup with his very bad illness. With him out, it was Paul Zipser getting the start while Bobby Portis also saw some late minutes in a close game. Doug McDermott could also benefit, but he's been in a brutal slump. Mirotic is still a stash.
Jan 13 - 5:29 PM

Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Thursday.

He flew back to Chicago because he is still sick. The Bulls actually played well considering they were missing most of their guys on Tuesday. Doug McDermott should still see most of the backup forward minutes while Bobby Portis could be in the rotation again.
Jan 11 - 2:31 PM

Nikola Mirotic (flu) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

Wow. The Bulls are going to be desperate for some offense tonight with Dwyane Wade (rest) and Jimmy Butler (illness) also on the sidelines. Denzel Valentine (ankle) will be returning from a three-game absence, and he could be tasked with more offensive responsibilities, but Jerami Grant is the guy that will earn the start. Isaiah Canaan and Doug McDermott could also see an uptick in usage, and Bobby Portis should see some extended run off the bench. For now, we'll consider Mirotic questionable for Thursday.

Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points in 26 minutes off Chicago's bench on Wednesday, making 6-of-12 field goals with three 3-pointers.

Mirotic added four boards, one assist, one steal and one block without any turnovers. He's quietly found some consistency lately, scoring 10+ points in eight of his past 10 games, and if nothing else he's is worth a long look for help with 3-pointers -- 60.5 percent of his attempts have come from downtown this season.
Jan 4 - 10:52 PM

Nikola Mirotic played 28 minutes off the bench on Monday, hitting 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

The threes, steals and blocks were nice and Mirotic is quietly hot right now. He's averaging 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting over his last five games. We were hoping for a little more with Dwyane Wade (knee) out, but Mirotic is worth a flier in most leagues now that he's getting minutes and production again off the bench.
Jan 3 - 12:18 AM

Nikola Mirotic made 3-of-14 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

We got the Bad Niko today. Mirotic has so many disappearing acts he should probably play for the Magic or Wizards. Bad jokes aside, coach Fred Hoiberg did trust him late in games and he's seen consistent minutes. That's really all his owners can ask for, so just keep him rolling and hope he doesn't lay an egg.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 06:52:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-7 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Wednesday with four rebounds, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

Hey at least the blocks and minutes were there. Mirotic likely saw minutes down the stretch because of Dwyane Wade (migraine) missing the end of this one. For now, it looks like he's part of the solution in coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation puzzle. He's worth owning for now, but that could change.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic hit 7-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes of Monday's 90-85 win over the Pacers.

Miro is coming on, scoring in double digits in five straight games. He's averaging 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting, and is averaging 25 minutes a game right now. There are no guarantees that it will last, but it's time to think about grabbing Mirotic off the waiver wire right now.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 11:53:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic extended his streak of double-digit scoring to four games on Sunday, posting 11 points, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.

It's a surprisingly well-rounded line from Mirotic, who did his damage in 32 minutes tonight. Playing time is the key for him, and on a per-36-minute basis he's averaging 14.6 points, 2.3 threes, 9.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks. Due to inconsistency, however, he's still just a top-120 value.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:11:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

The positives on this are that he actually played and attempted 16 shots from the field. The bad part is that Mirotic played a really bad game and the confidence doesn't quite seem to be there. He's still a hold for owners in competitive leagues, but he's going to find himself in the doghouse at some point this season.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:33:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic played 22 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 11 points, six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers.

He looks to be out of the doghouse for now and coach Fred Hoiberg kept it pretty tight with his rotation. Mirotic is going to find himself getting his minutes cut quite often this year, but we all know he has upside. Add him at your own peril.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 10:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Michael Carter-Williams
2Jerian Grant
3Rajon Rondo
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Isaiah Canaan
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Doug McDermott
3Paul Zipser
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio