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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Bulls draft bio: Nikola Mirotic

By ESPNChicago.com



Player: Nikola Mirotic
Position: SF
Pick: 23
Background: Native of Montenegro; played last season in the Spanish League with Real Madrid
Birth date: Feb 11, 1991

Strengths: You can't teach size, and at 6-foot-10 with a 7-1 wing span, Mirotic has an abundance of it. Mirotic plays both forward positions for Real Madrid. His skill set, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, is typical for a European big guy. He shoots well from outside and is a creative passer. He possesses the ability to defend multiple positions. Ford rated Mirotic as the No. 5 small forward prospect in this year's draft.

Weaknesses: Mirotic's contract will likely prevent him from playing in the NBA for a few seasons -- but that might be a reason the Bulls drafted him. Ford indicates that Mirotic lacks athletic ability -- a fact that is evident when he struggles to rebound.

Career highlight: Mirotic gained notoriety with his strong showing -- a 14-point, seven-rebound effort -- at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit.