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Nikola Mirotic | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 220

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Nikola Mirotic scored 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-6 from deep, 6-of-8 from the line) with a career-high 14 rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.
Mirotic got the extra run because Taj Gibson (illness) was out and it's a reminder that he'll be a very nice fantasy player if ever given consistent minutes. For now, he's a gambler's stash at best. Feb 23 - 11:36 PM

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Nikola Mirotic started and played just 12 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with one steal and two misses from the field.

Well, the Mirotic Experiment didn't work. He did not play in the second half and it might be a while before we see him at small forward again. Unless Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol miss time, Mirotic is not going to be worth starting. He's a high-upside stash.
Jan 30 - 1:32 AM

Nikola Mirotic will start at small forward against the Lakers on Thursday.

The Mirotic Experiment is back on. He was awful at the three earlier this month, but coach Tom Thibodeau is going to give him another shot. And why not against the Lakers? Mirotic has ridiculous upside, so feel free to give him a look in exchange for some semi-dead weight on the end of your bench.
Jan 29 - 10:27 PM

Nikola Mirotic managed just three points and two rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Mirotic can't get anything going right now and Joakim Noah isn't even around to justify it. He has great potential but might be in Tom Thibodeau's ever-expanding doghouse. Consider him a stash for only those with the wealth of riches necessary to afford it.
Jan 19 - 11:38 PM

Nikola Mirotic fouled out in 15 minutes with five points, four rebounds and one 3-pointer against the Hawks on Saturday.

The fouls don't even tell the full story and his defensive effort was so putrid that people in Wrigleyville could smell it. Mirotic has one of the highest ceilings in fantasy hoops, but we're fairly confident he'll be in coach Tom Thibodeau's doghouse after this one. If you want to cut him, it's not a bad idea.
Jan 17 - 11:18 PM

Nikola Mirotic played 26 minutes against the Celtics on Friday with five points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

It was a letdown on offense, but he did a little bit of everything. Mirotic is per-minute gold and he'll be a mid-round guy with a 26-minute allotment on most nights. Joakim Noah (ankle) should miss Saturday, so don't let this line from Mirotic dissuade you. Start him against the Hawks.
Jan 17 - 12:17 AM

Nikola Mirotic had a productive 17 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

With Joakim Noah going down tonight, Mirotic is all set to be a hot pickup in all fantasy leagues. He did only play 10 minutes in the second half, but he's capable of being a mid-to-late round guy in fantasy leagues with just 20 minutes per game. His plus-minus numbers are fantastic with Pau Gasol, so maybe coach Tom Thibodeau lets him play more. If you have a guy you're not sure about in any capacity, go get Mirotic.
Jan 15 - 2:31 AM

Nikola Mirotic played 13 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with seven points, five boards and one 3-pointer.

He must be in coach Tom Thibodeau's doghouse again. Mirotic hasn't performed too well at small forward and his minutes have evaporated in the past week. While it looked like Mirotic would benefit from any starter missing time, it appears he's going to need Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah or Taj Gibson to miss time in order to emerge.
Jan 11 - 1:11 AM

Nikola Mirotic played just 14 minutes against the Wizards on Friday with six points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer during a 102-86 loss.

It's too bad he can't get consistent minutes in the 20s because his per-minute numbers are fantastic. Mirotic is more of a stash in standard leagues because any injury to a frontcourt guy will help him get a nice chunk of playing time. If you don't think anyone else will scoop him, go ahead and swap him out.
Jan 10 - 2:02 AM

Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-7 from the field against the Jazz on Wednesday, scoring two points with one rebound, one assist and one block in 23 minutes.

He was coming off an explosive 17-point game on Monday, so of course he let his fantasy owners down just like a handful of other hot adds. Mirotic looks like he's going to earn minutes in the 20s even when Mike Dunleavy (ankle) returns. He should be owned in standard leagues unless it's to get someone like Jusuf Nurkic or Rudy Gobert.
Jan 7 - 11:51 PM

Nikola Mirotic has been named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December.

Mirotic averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during the month, while recording a double-double in nine of the Bulls' 15 games in December. Mirotic is much more valuable fantasy asset when Mike Dunleavy is out, but he provides enough upside that he's worth rostering in standard leagues.
Jan 6 - 9:59 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 17 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 7-of-12 shots (including a three) with eight rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes.

Mirotic did this with the Bulls' frontcourt at mostly full strength and it's a testament to the upside he has. Mike Dunleavy was out tonight but altogether Mirotic's upside is high enough to warrant a roster spot in standard leagues.
Jan 6 - 12:38 AM

Nikola Mirotic played 38 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He was just 2-of-10 from the field and didn't have any blocks. While it was a bit of a letdown, the minutes are really a big takeaway. Mirotic should get another heavy workload on Monday, so go ahead and pick him up for his high upside. Mike Dunleavy (ankle) could miss more time.
Jan 4 - 12:03 AM

Nikola Mirotic is starting at small forward against the Celtics on Saturday.

There could be a lot of catch-and-shoot treys tonight. Mirotic has a sterling 69.3 effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoot shots this season and those account for 39 percent of his shot total. If the minutes are there, this could be a fun game for him. We'll let you know how he looks.
Jan 3 - 7:22 PM

Nikola Mirotic worked with the starters at shootaround on Saturday.

He doesn't play many minutes at small forward, so this would also be a new frontier for the rookie. That said, if not now, when? Mirotic can space the floor well and he'll help the Bulls going smaller at shooting guard. There is some risk to using him, but he's worth a look as a plug-and-play.
Jan 3 - 6:18 PM

Depth Charts

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