Mirotić with the Bulls in 2015
|No. 44 – Chicago Bulls|
February 11, 1991 |
Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Spanish / Montenegrin|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|2008–2009||→ Real Madrid B|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Nikola Mirotić Stajović (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Миротић; born February 11, 1991) is a Montenegrin-Spanish professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall power forward previously played for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal
- 4 Awards and accomplishments
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Growing up in Europe, football was Mirotić's true passion. As he got older, his family realized his height could be a lot more useful for another sport. At the age of 13, his grandfather introduced him to the sport of basketball. Mirotić spent his childhood in Montenegro and started playing basketball with the Joker School in Podgorica. At the age of 14, he signed a junior contract with Real Madrid in the summer of 2005.
Real Madrid (2008–2014)
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. In April 2011, he signed a five-year contract extension with Real Madrid. 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.
In the 2012–13 Euroleague season, he finished second in the Euroleague Rising Star voting to Kostas Papanikolaou, and he was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team. In May 2014, he was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team, for the second consecutive season.
In a total of 97 games for Real Madrid, Mirotić averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Chicago Bulls (2014–present)
On July 18, 2014, Mirotić signed with the Chicago Bulls to a reported three-year, $16.6 million contract. In addition, Mirotić was required to pay $3 million to Real Madrid for his contract buyout.
On December 19, 2014, Mirotić scored a then career-high 27 points, as he converted all six of his three-pointers, in a 103–97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On January 5, 2015, he was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December. During the NBA's All-Star Weekend, Mirotić played for World Team in the Rising Stars Challenge. He scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field in the World's 121–112 win over Team USA. On March 1, he scored a career-high 29 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. With injuries impacting teammates during the month of March, Mirotić was expected to fill a larger role for his team. He averaged 20.8 points and 7.6 rebounds while playing 30.8 minutes per game. In his rookie season, Mirotić averaged 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 82 games, giving him the recognition as a candidate for the Rookie of the Year Award. Mirotić finished second in Rookie of the Year voting with 335 votes behind Andrew Wiggins who received 604 votes. He played his first post-season game in the NBA on April 18, 2015 in Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round series match-up against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 13 minutes off the bench, he recorded 5 points and 5 rebounds.
With the Bulls' 2015 off-season head coaching change, replacing Tom Thibodeau with Fred Hoiberg, came a starting role for Mirotić ahead of All-Star center Joakim Noah. Mirotić subsequently scored a team-high 19 points in the season opening win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He started in all 18 games to begin the season, coming off the bench for the first time on December 9 against the Boston Celtics, scoring 10 points in 22 minutes of action. He continued coming off the bench following December 9, earning himself a back-up role to Taj Gibson. His next start came on December 21 against the Brooklyn Nets, as he started at small forward in place of Tony Snell. On January 1, he recorded 17 points and a career-high seven assists in a 108–81 win over the New York Knicks. On January 27, he was diagnosed with an acute appendicitis and was subsequently ruled out until after the All-Star break. He returned to action on March 5 against the Houston Rockets after missing 16 games. On March 23, he scored a career-high 35 points in a loss to the New York Knicks.
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. In June 2015, he was named among other 17 candidates for the EuroBasket 2015 by Sergio Scariolo, going on to make the team and win a gold medal in September 2015.
Mirotić and his wife, Nina Vujačić, have a son named Aleksandar who was born in May 2013. His wife is the daughter of his former coach and mentor, Jadran Vujačić, who also played professional basketball with Borac Čačak, KK Partizan, and Budućnost Titograd.
Awards and accomplishments
- 2× Spanish King's Cup Champion: (2012, 2014)
- 2× Spanish Supercup Champion: (2012, 2013)
- Spanish ACB League Champion: (2013)
- 2× All-Euroleague Second Team: (2013, 2014)
- Spanish ACB League MVP: (2013)
- 2× All-ACB Team: (2013, 2014)
- Spanish King's Cup MVP: (2014)
- 2× Euroleague Rising Star: (2011, 2012)
- FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP: (2011)
Spanish national team
- 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Bronze
- 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: All-Tournament Team
- 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Gold
- 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: All-Tournament Team (MVP)
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Led the league|
- "Nikola Mirotic ya tiene la nacionalidad española". marca.com. Europa Press. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- ACB.com Spanish ACB League official player profile (Spanish).
- "NIKOLA MIROTIC (SPAIN)". Fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- How Nikola Mirotic Rose From Soccer Destiny, To European Phenom, To The NBA
- Las lecciones aprendidas de Nikola Mirotic y Marko Todorovic (Spanish)
- "Real Madrid's Nikola Mirotic chosen 2011 Rising Star". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "Real Madrid extends Mirotic through 2016". Euroleague.net. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
- "NBA Draft: Nr 1 dla Irvinga, wybrano 10 Europejczyków". PolskiKosz.pl. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- Euroleague.net Rising Star Trophy winner: Kostas Papanikolaou, Olympiacos Piraeus.
- Euroleague.net 2012-13 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced.
- "2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- MIROTIC, NIKOLA – Euroleague.net
- "Bulls sign forward Nikola Mirotic". NBA.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Bulls Sign Nikola Mirotic To Three-Year, $16.6M Deal". RealGM.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- "Nikola Mirotic is the best paid European rookie in NBA history". HoopsHype.com. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Butler, Mirotic lead Bulls over Grizzlies 103-97". NBA.com. December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
- NIKOLA MIROTIC NAMED KIA NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
- Mirotic shines among young stars
- Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan lead Clippers past Bulls 96-86
- Nikola Mirotic 2014-15 Game Log
- Bulls in thick of East chase thanks to Mirotic's big month
- Nikola Mirotic NBA Stats
- Andrew Wiggins reportedly set to be named NBA rookie of the year
- "Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins wins 2014-15 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
- Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91
- Nikola Mirotic to Start Over Joakim Noah for Season Opener?
- With Obama watching, Bulls hold off Cavaliers 97-95
- Thomas carries Boston to 105-100 win over Chicago
- NBA Rumors: A Major Change in Chicago Bulls Roster, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic Affected
- Lopez, Young lead Nets to 105-102 victory over Bulls
- Butler helps Bulls pull away from Knicks for 108-81 victory
- NIKOLA MIROTIC INJURY UPDATE
- Nikola Mirotic 2015-16 Game Log
- Porzingis ties career high with 29, Knicks top Bulls 115-107
- "MVP Mirotic leads All Tournament Team". fibaeurope.com. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Gasol, Mirotic on powerful Spain roster". eurobasket2015.org. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- Internationally Known, Locally Respected
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