Fraschilla: Bulls' Mirotic will be an above-average player

Fraschilla: Bulls' Mirotic will be an above-average player
August 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
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After five years with Real Madrid, European forward Nikola Mirotic joined the Bulls on a three-year, $17 million contract earlier this offseason.

Mirotic, who was drafted by the Bulls in the first-round of the 2011 NBA Draft, comes to Chicago with some serious accolades. He was a two-time Euroleague Rising Star (2011, 2012), FIBA U-20 MVP (2011), two-time All-Euroleague Second Team member (2013, 2014), two-time All-ACB Team member (2013, 2014), Spanish League MVP (2013) and Spanish Cup MVP (2014). In 97 career games with Read Madrid, Mirotic averaged 10.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG. He was also a .402% three-point shooter.

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Despite the impressive numbers in Europe, many people In NBA circles question whether or not Mirotic's game will translate to the next level.

But Mirotic has a firm believer in ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschila.

"I love him," Fraschilla said during an appearance on the Kap & Haugh Show on Tuesday morning. "I love him as a long-term NBA player. I think he's not necessarily going to be an All-Star. I think he's going to end up being an above-average NBA starter.

"The dilemma, and yet the blessing at the same time for Mirotic is that he's walking into a Bulls team that has a chance to win 60 games. He's going to have to be patient."

The Bulls have the luxury of being patient with Mirotic, considering they possess one of the deepest frontcourts in the league with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah, four-time All-Star Pau Gasol and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Taj Gibson.

Check out the video above to see Fraschilla's full interview on the Kap & Haugh Show.