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Nikola Mirotic | Forward | #44

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (23) / HOU
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Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.
He seems to have his minutes locked down, but it's never a lock when coach Fred Hoiberg is calling the shots. The Bulls continue to be attacked relentlessly inside and some of that is on Mirotic. He's playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues, but just know the bad games are coming. Mar 25 - 1:25 AM

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Nikola Mirotic said he is determined to salvage this season with a strong finish.

"All season it was going a little bit up and down, but it's not how you start a season, it's how you finish it," Mirotic said. "For me, it's very important to have a strong finish." He is coming off a season-high 28 points on Wednesday, but fantasy owners have learned the hard way that it is perilous to trust Mirotic. He has not scored more than 15 points in consecutive games since the third and fourth games of the season.
Mar 24 - 10:40 AM

Nikola Mirotic went off for a season-high 28 points on Wednesday, going 12-of-15 from the field with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and just one turnover in 39 minutes.

We got the 'good' Mirotic tonight, as opposed to the guy who shot a combined 14-of-42 from the field (33.3 percent) in his previous four games. He's averaging just 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.9 blocks in March, while shooting 37.0 percent from the field. Tonight's game is a vivid reminder of his upside, but as every former Mirotic owner already knows, he's wildly inconsistent. Caveat emptor.
Mar 22 - 10:40 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored eight points on 2-of-7 shooting vs. the Raptors on Tuesday.

That's two duds in a row after his incredible three-game stretch. Mirotic is as streaky as they come, so he's going to a boom-or-bust fantasy option the rest of the way. The good news for his owners is that Bobby Portis (nine points in 21 minutes) wasn't much better. Mirotic added two rebounds, two assists and two triples in 26 minutes. The Bulls play three more times this week.
Mar 21 - 11:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored five points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes during his start against the Jazz on Saturday.

Typical Mirotic. He remains one of the most inconsistent players in the NBA, so flopping in the start tonight is not a surprise at all. Speaking of surprises, Mirotic said he was surprised when he found out he was starting today. He's worth a pickup, but anyone with a short fuse on frustrating players may just want to sit this one out. The Bulls do need scoring, though.
Mar 19 - 12:04 AM

Nikola Mirotic will start over Bobby Portis on Saturday vs. the Jazz.

He's certainly earned it with averages of 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 3.3 triples over his last three games. Consistency has always been his biggest issue, but hopefully he can keep his momentum going tonight. He clearly has the hot hand right now and should be deployed in standard leagues. Portis can be dropped.
Mar 18 - 7:20 PM

Nikola Mirotic kept his foot on the gas with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and two triples in 32 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday.

Bobby Portis was invisible in 16 minutes and Mirotic played down the stretch when it mattered the most. While he hit just 6-of-16 shots from the field, his upside has never been a question -- his lack of consistency is his biggest issue. With that said, he's looked great in three straight games with averages of 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 3.3 triples. Mirotic has the hot hand right now and belongs in fantasy lineups. The Bulls play four games next week.
Mar 17 - 10:19 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

He was 3-of-10 from the field and made all five from the line. Mirotic is coming off a big 24-point Monday night. On top of the two games with big minutes, Mirotic should get a usage rate increase if Dwyane Wade (elbow) needs to miss time. He makes sense as a pickup, but everyone knows he could be a DNP-CD within the next week. There's nothing wrong with riding the hot hand in fantasy during March, of course.
Mar 15 - 11:39 PM

Nikola Mirotic moved back into the rotation with a bang on Monday vs. the Hornets, scoring 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 11 rebounds and five 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Just when you thought he was done, Mirotic posts one of the best games of his career. He was in the doghouse last week with three straight DNP-CDs and wasn't even on the active list on Sunday vs. Boston, but here we are again talking about Mirotic as a potential pickup. The Bulls are looking for answers right now and they snapped a five-game losing streak tonight, so Mirotic should be in the rotation again on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. He was the first big off the bench and outplayed Bobby Portis, so give him a look if you're feeling lucky. Just keep in mind that he can disappear at a moment's notice.
Mar 13 - 9:49 PM

Nikola Mirotic will return to the active roster for Monday's game against Charlotte.

Mirotic was put on the inactive list on Sunday in order to bring Isaiah Canaan onto the active roster, but Canaan only ended up logging four minutes off the bench during garbage time, which was probably frustrating for Mirotic to watch. Even as a member of the active roster, Mirotic isn't guaranteed to get into the rotation, so for now, he's safe to leave on the wire in most leagues.
Mar 13 - 5:44 PM

Nikola Mirotic acknowledged that it's been tough on him being out of the rotation in Chicago.

"[Fred Hoiberg] told me that I'm out of the rotation," said Mirotic. "That I need to stay ready, but he didn't give me any expectation that I would [or] when I can play. Just 'stay ready.' I know that I'm ready. I know I can help those guys. Of course I've been inconsistent, not just me, all the team up and down -- but to be in this kind of situation, out of the rotation, doesn't make sense for me." Mirotic has been woefully inconsistent this season, and now outside the rotation in Chicago, it's tough to justify owning him in most leagues.
Source: ESPN
Mar 13 - 3:38 PM

Nikola Mirotic will be on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

"This season has been hard. It’s been very difficult for me to find a way to enjoy the game," Mirotic said when discovering that he’s headed for his third consecutive DNP-CD, despite being completely healthy. Isaiah Canaan will move onto the active roster with Mirotic out, and it'll be Joffrey Lauvergne and Christiano Felicio splitting most of Mirotic's minutes. None of these guys can be considered viable targets in most settings.

When asked about Nikola Mirotic being in the rotation, coach Fred Hoiberg said "we'll see."

In other words, he's not in the rotation right now. Mirotic is just having a massive letdown this season, which all started after a horrendous preseason. He can't be relied upon in most leagues right now.
Mar 9 - 3:37 PM

Nikola Mirotic picked up a healthy DNP-CD vs. Orlando on Wednesday, which coach Fred Hoiberg said was because "Joffrey [Lauvergne] has been really good."

Mirotic is taking inconsistency to new heights. Whereas he's usually streaking or slumping, he's now fallen from a potential sixth-man to a DNP-CD. Lauvergne played well tonight and Hoiberg said he's thinking about lineup changes, so it's likely that Mirotic will get another DNP vs. Houston on Friday. Either way, he's too unreliable to touch in standard leagues.
Mar 8 - 9:49 PM

Nikola Mirotic played 27 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Clippers, scoring eight points on 4-of-9 shooting.

He played 27 minutes compared to 21 for Bobby Portis, as the Bulls needed his outside shooting in order to attempt a comeback after a 12-point third quarter. However, Mirotic's struggles continued from deep as he missed all four of his attempts, bringing his 3-point average down to 30.3 percent on the season. He did add seven rebounds with two assists and three steals, but you don't need us to tell you that he's been a major headache to own.
Mar 4 - 11:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jerian Grant
2Cameron Payne
3Rajon Rondo
4Michael Carter-Williams
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Anthony Morrow
4Isaiah Canaan
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Paul Zipser
PF1Bobby Portis
2Nikola Mirotic
3Joffrey Lauvergne
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio