The Bulls have high hopes for Nikola Mirotic.
They brought the Spanish big man over this year and are ready to install him into what many think can be the NBA's best frontcourt. It's Mirotic's shooting ability that has really impressed head coach Tom Thibodeau.
But, as with any player new to the league, there will be some challenges, and Thibodeau knows the transition to the NBA game will take time.
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"You have Mirotic, who's coming in from overseas, so he's adjusting to a new culture and the NBA coming from a different league," Thibodeau said Thursday on The Kap & Haugh Show. "I think Mirotic is something that we haven't had: a four that can shoot the 3. But we'll see how long it takes him to adjust. I think with both guys (Mirotic and rookie Doug McDermott) we're not going to know until we see the preseason and how that unfolds. There's a big difference between college and the Euro league and the NBA. So it's going to take a little bit of time, but it's the skill set of the shooting that I think is important."
Mirotic's transition should be made somewhat easier thanks to the presence of fellow big men Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and fellow newcomer (and fellow Spaniard) Pau Gasol.