With his outstanding presence, Nikola Mirotic joins the ranks of European football veterans like Peter Crouch, only bigger. If his family hadn’t intervened, he might simply have been a great footballer today. But they believed that his size would be better suited for a career in the NBA, and today the rest is history.
Mirotic practices his craft as a power forward for the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA. But his story begins on the shores of Europe. The professional basketball star was something of a sensation in his day with the league ACB teams Real Madrid and Palencia and earned the honor of the second All-Euroleague team twice in a row.
Nikola Mirotić’s Bio
Born on February 11, 1991, in Yugoslavia, the Montenegrin Spaniard naturally wanted nothing to do with any other sport than European football or football as it is called in America. However, at the age of 13, he was introduced to basketball by his grandfather, and in 2005, after turning 14, he signed his first contract, a junior contract with Real Madrid the following year.
Mirotic started like any other budding teenager and soon got his chance when he signed for the Real Madrid senior team in 2008. In the 2010-2011 Euroleague season, he lived up to his claim with outstanding performance and earned the “EuroLeague Rising Star” award and a five-year contract extension. He also helped his team win the Spanish Supercup and the Spanish King’s Cup the following season and was appointed to the second team in the All-EuroLeague for the following two seasons.
In the 2011 NBA Draft, Nikola Mirotic was voted 27th overall by the Houston Rockets. They traded him for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who passed him on to the Chicago Bulls the same night.
Although he finished the 2011 Draft as a selection for the Chicago Bulls, he did not sign a contract with the NBA franchise until July 18, 2014. In December of the same year, he had a memorable December and was named Rookie of the Month for his efforts. The striker was given more and more responsibility as the season progressed, and by the end of his rookie campaign, he had an average of 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in a total of 82 outings, after scoring a career-high of 29 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 1, 2015.
The next season he became a starter with the Bulls and started 18 games in a row. This season he had two game breaks, the first in December when he came off the bench for a few weeks and the second on January 27 when he was benched for 16 games due to a diagnosis of acute appendicitis that put him out of the game for 16 games. However, Nikola managed to reach a career-high with 7 assists and 35 points, with each game played in separate matches.
Nikola Mirotic signed an improved contract with the Bulls on 25 September 2017, ahead of the 2017-2018 season. His start into the season was delayed partly due to a collision with his teammate Bobby Portis. The clash resulted in a hospital stay, a concussion, and several broken bones in his face. He would return to active duty with a victory over the Charlotte Hornets on December 8, 2017. In the game, he scored 6 points in 14 minutes of play.
In a player exchange on February 1, 2018, Nikola Mirotic switched to the New Orleans Pelicans. In his debut for the team, he scored 18 points, although the Pelicans lost the game afterward.
Mirotic also represented the Spanish national team at the U20 level. Here he led his team to third place in the 2010 FIBA European Under-20 Championship and at the same time secured a place in the All-Tournament Team. The following year he led his country to the gold medal and was the best scorer and MVP for the 2011 edition of the tournament.
He also won a gold medal with the Spanish national basketball team at EuroBasket 2015, and the following year Nikola again represented his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he won the bronze medal.
Family – Who is Nikola Mirotić’s Wife, Kids?
Mirotic owes his family life to the strong bond with his former coach and mentors Jadran Vujacic. Mirotic is married to Jadran’s daughter Nina Vujacic. It is not clear how long they have been married. However, Nikola and Nina tied the bond of marriage in June 2012. Almost a year later, in May 2013, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Aleksandar Mirotic.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The height and size of the Power Forward are perfect for the game of basketball. Nikola stands at an enormous height of 2.08 m (6 feet 10 inches), which undoubtedly makes him one of the biggest players in the league. He also has a weight of 108 kg (238 lbs). There is no other verifiable information about other of his body measurements.