Nikola Mirotic May Even Surpass Toni Kukoc Comparisons for Chicago Bulls

January 3rd, 2015 by Mike B. Leave a reply »

Chicago Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic has drawn comparisons to fellow European and former Bull Toni Kukoc. That's understandable, as both players are 6'10" and put together highly-decorated careers overseas before arriving in Chicago.

Their games are quite different, though. While Mirotic is more of a stretch 4, Kukoc was an excellent passer, playing the "point forward" role.

Mirotic was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 draft. He was immediately dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and then to Chicago on draft night. However, he would remain in Europe and starred for powerhouse Real Madrid. He didn't join the Bulls until this past summer, inking a three-year, $16.6 million deal.

The Montenegrin big man is having a solid first year, averaging 8.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He's also shooting 43.9 percent overall and 40 percent from three-point land.

Although Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins is probably the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, Mirotic is definitely a legitimate candidate.

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