Nikola Mirotic, who was the Bulls 1st round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft continues to shine overseas for the Spanish basketball club Real Madrid. The 6’10 22 year old Spaniard, who’s primary position is power forward has just been named the Endesa League’s Most Valuable Player.
He averaged 12.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.9 SPG and 0.8 BPG while establishing a Player Efficiency Rating of 16.2 which ranked 1st in the league. He also shot 54% from the field and shot 48% from 3 point territory while leading Real Madrid to a 30-4 record. For a big man, he also has the quickness of a small forward and the ball handling of a point guard.
Its not the first time the Bulls have had a player similar to Mirotic. In fact, many fans and media are comparing his skills to him. Who was the player? The Croatian Sensation Toni Kukoc, who was a key piece to the Bulls last 3 championships.
Here’s a list of what he has accomplished so far overseas:
|Career highlights and awards|
He is also a two time medalist for the Spaniards in the FIBA Europe U20 Championships, taking Bronze in 2010 and taking Gold in 2011. He was also named to the All-Tournament Team in 2010 and was the Tournament MVP in 2011.
He isn’t expected to be in a Bulls uniform until sometime before the 2014-15 season but he is currently under contract with Real Madrid until the 2016 season. Currently, Real Madrid is in the middle of the ACB playoffs.
One thing is for sure, hes looking more like a steal by the minute. By the time he comes over, he could be the one key piece they’ve been looking for to bring home another championship or even more.