Nikola Mirotic Reportedly Expected to Start Bulls Season Opener Over Joakim Noah

October 21st, 2015 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »
Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah has been a starting fixture in the Windy City for the better part of the past six seasons. But that was under former head coach Tom Thibodeau. 

With new man Fred Hoiberg taking over in Chicago, Noah's starting status looks in doubt, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. "While Hoiberg said he hasn’t decided who will start the Oct. 27 regular-season opener against the [Cleveland] Cavaliers, sources said the first-year coach is leaning strongly toward starting Nikola Mirotic," Johnson wrote. 

Mirotic, who is entering just his second season in the league, averaged 10 minutes less per game than Noah, but he still managed to score more points per game and provided an option from long range, spreading out the Bulls offense a bit more.   

While Noah brings more to the glass and defensive game, 2014-15 was his worst season statistically since his second year in the league in 2008-09.

Hoiberg comes from the college ranks with an offensive-minded approach. Mirotic, who has been aggressive throughout these exhibitions, was impressing his new coach, who spoke with Johnso ...

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