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Bulls: Focusing Their Sights On Nikola Mirotic To Boost The Future
Chicago Bulls: Focusing Their Sights On Nikola Mirotic To Boost The
The Chicago Bulls’ 2013-14 season came crashing down after
Derrick Rose injured his medial meniscus on November 22, 2013 and was
ruled out for the rest of the National Basketball Association (NBA)
season. To make things more interesting, the team traded Luol Deng (one
of their best players) in a cap-clearing move. Putting the said
circumstances into consideration, it is quite obvious that the Bulls
are setting their sights on the future.
Even though the team is not looking to make
significant moves in the on-going season or during the offseason, they
are actually looking to sign former 2011 first round draft pick (23rd
overall), Nikola Mirotic. The 6’10 forward was originally picked by the
Houston Rockets and currently plays for Real Madrid in the European
Nikola Mirotic Up Close
Mirotic is a monster in the
European league as he is having the best season of his young basketball
career. The 22-year old is averaging 16.2 points per game and grabbing
6.2 rebounds per game in 28 minutes of action.
If you think that’s impressive, you have to see his shooting
percentage. He’s shooting a whopping 72.2% from the field, 64% from
downtown, 52% from mid-range, and 91.2% from the stripe. Furthermore,
he is the league leader in true shooting percentage at 76.5%.
Obviously, Mirotic’s shot selection is very polished and the fact that
he’s more than willing to take big shots with the game on the line
makes him a cut above the rest. He might not be a quick catch and shoot
player like Dirk Nowitzki, but his rhythm, release, and ability to make
shots off the dribble are excellent. Also, his size and his superb
ability to handle the ball with both hands will definitely pose
problems for his NBA opponents.
In addition, Mirotic has a very versatile offensive
game and has excellent court awareness that enable him to move without
the ball and make quick decisions once he receives it. Apart from his
scoring prowess, his good passing skills will definitely complement the
Bulls’ offensive game.
Without Rose and Deng in the roster, the Chicago Bulls will definitely
struggle this season. On the other hand, diehard fans shouldn’t despair
because the team is going at the right direction.
The team will drastically improve next season with a
healthy Derrick Rose, a sweet-shooting Nikola Mirotic, and another
solid rookie in the fold. All in all, the future seems bright for the