Let's also remember that Mirotic is getting time playing at a very high level in an International league that behind the NBA isamong the best on the world. If he makes the Spanish national team for the Olympics next year (Don't think Montenegro will field a basketball team) then that is additional experience at a high level without ever having played a minute in the NBA. I know nothing compares to the tempo of the NBA but heck this is great experience nonetheless.
He's pumping up his skillls to get ready to kick some -ss in the NBA.
Or Juan Carlos Navarro, or Fran Vazquez who never even came to the NBA after drafted by the Magic. Hell even the Splitter pick was laughed at because so many people thought he wouldn't come.
People who think NBA is still the mecca for all basketball players are incredibly close-minded. There are other very good leagues out there and many players prefer much more to stay at home with their family and still make boatload of cash with a still very competitive league where they don't have to live in a different culture.
There's a reason that for all the talent that Omer, Rudy and Mirotic etc. had, were drafted so late. There's always that chance that they would rather stay in Europe.
So her is what are boy did this week in the Euro-League game between
Real Madrid to Partiza Belgrade (Real Won 101 - 83)
21 pt (2:4/5 3:1/2 FT:10/10) 8 Rebounds, Drawn 6 fouls, Ranking Points: 30 (The highest in both teams)
Keep it up Nikola!!!
Get ready for number 7 !
Looks like a monster. Dirk prodigy for sure.. I realize they will probably wait till he takes boozers spot but I hope to god they get him up a lot sooner..
It will be two years before we see this guy in a bulls uni. I think he will be worth the wait though.
Stats from ACB game Saturday: 20 points, 7 rebounds and 26 minutes played.
I look for Mirotic to become more of an option for RM now that Rudy Fernandez in back in the NBA. Will post stats for each game going forward.