Nikola Mirotić

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Nikola Mirotić
Никола Миротић
Mirotic-Madrid-CB Sevilla marzo 2013 cropped.jpg
No. 44 – Chicago Bulls
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-02-11) February 11, 1991 (age 23)
Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Spanish / Montenegrin[1]
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2014 Real Madrid (Spain)
2008–2009 Real Madrid B (Spain 4th)
2009–2010 Palencia (Spain 2nd)
2014–present Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards

Nikola "Niko" Mirotić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Миротић; born February 11, 1991) is a Spanish-Montenegrin[1] professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a 2.09 m (6 ft 10.25 in)[2] tall 107 kg (236 lb.)[3] power forward.

Professional career[edit]

Real Madrid (2008–2014)[edit]

After playing for the Real Madrid juniors from 2006 to 2008, Mirotić signed with the Real Madrid senior team of the Liga ACB in 2008. During the 2010–11 Euroleague season, he emerged as one of his team's most valuable players to win the Euroleague Rising Star award.[4] In April 2011, he signed a five-year contract extension with Real Madrid.[5] With Real Madrid, he won the Spanish King's Cup and the Spanish Supercup in 2012.

On June 23, 2011, Mirotić was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and then traded once again to the Chicago Bulls on draft night.[6]

In the 2012–13 Euroleague season, he finished second in the Euroleague Rising Star voting to Kostas Papanikolaou,[7] and he was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team.[8] In May 2014, he was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team, for the second consecutive season.[9]

Chicago Bulls (2014–present)[edit]

On July 18, 2014, Mirotić signed with the Chicago Bulls[10] to a reported three-year, $16.6 million contract.[11] In addition, Mirotić was required to pay $3 million to Real Madrid for his contract buyout.[12]

International career[edit]

Mirotić has been a member of the junior national team of Spain. He helped Spain's U20 national team win the bronze medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. He also led Spain to the gold medal in 2011. Mirotić was the top scorer and MVP of the tournament, averaging 27 points (tournament record) and 10 rebounds per game.[13] Mirotić is eligible to play for either Spain or Montenegro.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Spanish national team[edit]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008–09 Real Madrid 1 0 2.1 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0 -1.0
2010–11 Real Madrid 20 0 15.0 .500 .387 .857 3.3 .6 .5 .5 6.6 8.2
2011–12 Real Madrid 16 15 23.1 .525 .439 .918 4.5 .9 .8 .4 12.5 14.6
2012–13 Real Madrid 29 25 24.9 .475 .325 .851 5.3 .9 .7 .9 11.4 13.3
2013–14 Real Madrid 31 31 24.0 .508 .461 .811 4.6 1.2 1.1 .8 12.4 15.9
Career 97 71 24.2 .498 .402 .848 4.5 .9 .8 .7 10.8 13.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nikola Mirotic ya tiene la nacionalidad española". marca.com. Europa Press. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Height: 2.09m". Fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ ACB.com Spanish ACB League official player profile (Spanish).
  4. ^ "Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic chosen 2011 Rising Star". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Real Madrid extends Mirotic through 2016". Euroleague.net. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ "NBA Draft: Nr 1 dla Irvinga, wybrano 10 Europejczyków". PolskiKosz.pl. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Euroleague.net Rising Star Trophy winner: Kostas Papanikolaou, Olympiacos Piraeus.
  8. ^ Euroleague.net 2012-13 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced.
  9. ^ "2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bulls sign forward Nikola Mirotic". NBA.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bulls Sign Nikola Mirotic To Three-Year, $16.6M Deal". RealGM.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nikola Mirotic is the best paid European rookie in NBA history". HoopsHype.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ "MVP Mirotic leads All Tournament Team". fibaeurope.com. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andrew Albicy
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
2011
Succeeded by
Léo Westermann