What does Derrick Rose have in common with Chicago Bulls draft pick Nikola Mirotic? Both became the youngest MVPs in their league’s history.
At age 22, Mirotic became the youngest MVP in the history of Spain’s professional basketball league, the ACB league. In 2011 and also at the age of 22, Rose became the youngest MVP in the history of the NBA. It appears that the Bulls will have two most valuable players on the roster, but not anytime soon.
Though Mirotic was drafted by the Bulls with the 23rd pick in 2011, his professional contract with Real Madrid prohibits him from joining the team until the 2014 season. Reportedly, Bulls executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson and GM Gar Forman are thrilled with this very special player who has been compared to Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.
“We’re really, really excited about him. We built a relationship with him. We’re in constant communication,” Forman said to ESPNChicago.com. “John (Paxson) and I went up and saw him this fall when he played at Memphis and at Toronto in a couple NBA exhibitions, and we think the ceiling there is incredible.”
Mirotic, a 6-foot-10 power forward, averaged 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds for the year and lead Real Madrid to its best record in 40 years at 30-4. He shot 50 percent from the field, 45.3 percent from 3-point land and 80.7 percent from the free-throw line.
It’s no wonder that Chicago Bulls and their fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this brand new MVP.
Hollie M. Woods is a writer for Rant Sports covering the Chicago Bulls and the NBA. “Like” her on Facebook