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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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Nikola Mirotic (back) returned to a full practice on Saturday.
Although Fred Hoiberg has not yet decided on Chicago's opening night power forward, the expectation is for Mirotic to be available. Mirotic has the potential to be an intriguing fantasy commodity, but he's more of a flier right now given his competition for minutes as well as his uncertain role. Oct 22 - 3:21 PM

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Nikola Mirotic (back) will not travel for Thursday's game.

He was in some pain from his back injury on Monday. Mirotic has likely lost his chance to start on opening night with Taj Gibson leapfrogging him. With Mirotic out, Bobby Portis should have a bigger role off the bench. While Mirotic has lost some value, he's still a decent flier at the end of drafts.
Oct 19 - 2:09 PM

Nikola Mirotic (strained back) was unable to practice on Tuesday, and his status for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks remains uncertain.

Mirotic sustained the injury during Monday's preseason loss to the Hornets, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him sit out Thursday's meaningless game if there's any question at all that he's not completely recovered. Consistency has been a major issue for Mirotic through his first two years in the league, but when he's on, he's capable of producing at a top-60 level.
Oct 18 - 2:43 PM

Nikola Mirotic (strained back) said he is "day to day" after being injured during Monday's preseason game.

Mirotic didn't return after feeling a "sharp pain," and the Bulls will assuredly play it safe with him over the next week. Fantasy owners should keep a very close watch for updates, but for now this doesn't sound serious enough to bump him down draft boards.
Oct 17 - 11:12 PM

Nikola Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

He took a hard fall and the Bulls aren't going to take any chances here. He played 10 minutes, but missed all four of his shots from the field (all 3-pointers) with two rebounds and one steal. If he's forced to miss time, Taj Gibson will be looking at heavy minutes and Bobby Portis will take over the backup role. It's been a miserable preseason for Mirotic.
Oct 17 - 10:03 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes on Saturday.

With Taj Gibson resting, the pressure was on Mirotic to have a good game. He's had terrible games more often than not and he's losing his grasp on the starting spot. If Mirotic can't hold the starting job, his ability to score won't be as important due to how the second unit has some shooters. Obviously depending on who else is out there, pouncing on Mirotic just after 100 seems like a sound investment.
Oct 15 - 11:27 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that he likely won't make an official decision on which player starts at power forward until the final week of the preseason.

Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are all battling for the starting spot, and while Mirotic may be the best on-paper-fit due to his ability to drain triples, his struggles with consistency have kept this an open competition. Mirotic still offers the most upside out of the group, so he makes for the most attractive late mid-round target in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
Oct 11 - 2:06 PM

Nikola Mirotic broke out of his slump on Saturday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

He really, really, really needed a good game here. The forward made just 2-of-14 from the field and was losing ground to the other fours on the roster. Mirotic is the best fit on paper to start and help space the floor next to the other sub-par shooters locked in as starters. He's going to have to earn his role, but the upside is huge for leagues that count 3-pointers.
Oct 8 - 10:59 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said Nikola Mirotic had 10 good days of practice and two bad games.

Hoiberg is basically telling everyone not to overreact on Mirotic's woeful 2-of-14 from the field in the preseason. The Bulls likely want Mirotic to get out there for spacing because the five-man lineup of Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez made a combined 194 shots from at least 20 feet last year -- 12 NBA players had more by themselves. Bad preseason aside, Mirotic is still a good pick in the later rounds.
Oct 7 - 3:27 PM

Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-7 from the field for four points against the Pacers on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

In the preseason opener, he was terrible on Monday with just two points in 19 minutes. Mirotic is going to be an extremely important part of the Bulls as one of their best shooters to help space the floor next to the Three Alphas. He has a lot of sleeper appeal, but Mirotic really has to play better to make his potential owners feel better about taking him in the late-middle rounds.
Oct 6 - 9:36 PM

Nikola Mirotic will start at power forward for Thursday's preseason game against the Pacers, sending Taj Gibson to the bench.

Fred Hoiberg is having an open competition for the starting power forward position, and he'll now give Mirotic his chance after an unproductive preseason debut off the bench. Consistency has been a major issue for Mirotic through his first two years of NBA experience, so he's more of a late middle-round target.
Oct 5 - 1:46 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored two points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 19 minutes on Monday.

Yuck. Mirotic was the favorite to start at power forward in the regular season opener, but he lost some ground here. He is one of the most inconsistent players in the NBA, so this might have just been a bad game. For now, fantasy owners can probably wait until 85-100 to pounce on him.
Oct 3 - 10:35 PM

Nikola Mirotic said he's not worried about starting this season.

"I'm only worried how I can help my team and where I can improve," Mirotic said. "Everybody would like to start. That's obvious. But this is the Chicago Bulls. There are a lot of great players." Coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that he will start different players at power forward during the first few preseason games, but Mirotic should be considered the heavy favorite because of his 3-point shooting. He's a much better fantasy target than Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson right now, but we'll let you know if that changes.
Oct 3 - 11:25 AM

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

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

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PG1Rajon Rondo
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Jerian Grant
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Isaiah Canaan
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Doug McDermott
3Paul Zipser
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio