HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic rumors

January 28, 2015 Updates

Nobody else lands near Mirotic – for good reason. Logically, it’s difficult for players to draw fouls while they’re hanging near the 3-point arc. It takes a special blend to balance both skills. Mirotic, who shoots 36 percent on 3-pointers, does it a few ways. One, he’s the floor-stretching big Chicago needs to complement Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson – especially because Noah has struggled spread the floor as a passing hub this season (perhaps due to injury). Even on the perimeter, Mirotic has a nifty shot fake that helps him draw fouls, including on 3-point tries. NBCSports.com

Two, he plays hard. Mirotic, who credits playing professionally at age 17, is comfortable amid contact. A perception exists that rookies and European players get unfavorable whistles, but Mirotic has overcome that double whammy. “I don’t think about it when I’m playing,” Mirotic said. “I try to play smart, and sometimes you need to try to get contact to go to the free-throw line.” NBCSports.com

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Nikola Mirotic: Good team win to get back on track. My brother @PauGasol what a game!!! Career high! @ChicagoBulls #SeeRed http://t.co/zcplHeP0wR Twitter @nikolamirotic44

January 9, 2015 Updates

Mirotic is currently averaging .200 win shares/48 minutes. Of the 65 rookie of the year winners, only five have averaged more win shares per 48 minutes, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The list is impressive: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson and Walt Bellamy. ESPN.com

January 6, 2015 Updates

The Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic today was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December. Mirotic ranked second among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (9.9 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and field goal percentage (.439). He recorded double-digit scoring outputs in nine of Chicago’s 15 games in December, and posted one point-rebound double-double. Mirotic connected on 6-of-6 three-point field goals and scored a career-high 27 points on Dec. 19, during a 103-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. NBA.com

January 5, 2015 Updates

Me: One shop question: how odd is it to be on a Bulls team that has this much depth and can actually score when guys are out? Aaron Brooks: The good thing is, you're just looking on somebody to play defense. You play defense, the more opportunities you have to score. And when the guys are out, that's just other shots for other people Jimmy having a heck of year and is irreplaceable of course, but Niko (Nikola Mirotic) has been playing big when guys go out. Normally it's at the four position but (Saturday) it was the three. He got a chance to go out there and get more minutes and show what he can do. He's a dynamic player. There's a lot of guys that's been in the league that have put up points, made buckets. When somebody goes down, it's their opportunity. NBA.com

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As for Mirotic, he stepped up Wednesday with pretty strong English when meeting media after practice. Though he apologized for his imperfect English, it was better than anyone else’s Spanish, Serbian or Montenegrin. Better than some English we hear around here as well. “It feels good,” Mirotic said about his first days with the Bulls. “For me, different because I played before in Europe. So I don't know really how they work, but I learn every day something new; so they've helped me, teammates. Coaches have helped me. I feel good. So exciting. I'm really hungry to work and be better every day. I like to run, you know, fast break. I like to be very good on defense, to give good energy and my game I like to pick-and-pop, three-point line, to penetrate, to make one more pass. I try to do best for team. Depends on how they want to use me. NBA.com

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