Nikola Mirotic was the best player on the best team in the Spanish ACB league and thus won the ACB MVP despite a rather pedestrian sounding set of stats (12/5.5?) becoming the youngest MVP in ACB league history (replacing Marc Gasol).
Chicago will likely need the full MLE to sign Mirotic in the summer of 2014 when the rules surrounding his contract change, and he is no longer tied to the rookie salary scale. Next year, expect the Bulls to amnesty Boozer in order to create minutes and money to sign Mirotic.
How good will Mirotic be? Well he won the rising star award in consecutive years (only player to do that) and became the youngest MVP in ACB history. The hardware shows an appreciation of his game beyond the statistics he's piling up. European basketball isn't nearly so star oriented as the NBA is, so the statistics need to be viewed differently.
It's hard to imagine a player of Mirotic's caliber playing just 20-24 minutes over the past two seasons in Euroleague and ACB league play. It's even harder to imagine a player playing that few minutes to win the MVP.
However, taking a peak at his per 40 stats over at draftexpress, then his numbers still aren't eyepopping, but show why he's such a deadly player. Over the past two seasons his Euroleague/ACB combined stats would come out to around 20pts, 50% shooting, 40% 3pt, 9 rbs, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks.
Not a bad haul. The passing/rebounding numbers aren't exactly star caliber, but the scoring numbers are impressive and averaging over 1 steal and 1 block per game shows nice coordination and hands and defensive effort.
We won't really know what Mirotic can bring to the table until he's here playing against NBA talent, but it seems pretty clear that the Bulls are counting on him to replace Boozer in another season and key a quick mini-rebuild.
Your 2014/15 Chicago Bulls?
The Bulls are set up for a fairly quick rebuild in talent, ready to get younger, but still experienced. Chicago will still be looking for a shooting guard (assuming Deng is let go and Butler moves to SF), but if Teague develops, and they don't strike out this year in the draft, then the Bulls will maintain a quality core of players around Rose with some flexibility to add more pieces.
Nikola Mirotic coming over and giving Chicago 15+ points a game is a big part of that puzzle. Is he up to the challenge of playing more minutes in more games in a more physical league? We'll find out.