Andres Nocioni

Lauri Markkanen will start in his NBA debut; how have other Bulls fared doing so?

Lauri Markkanen will start in his NBA debut; how have other Bulls fared doing so?

One of the fallouts from the fight between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic is that it unfortunately leaves a void at power forward for the Bulls.

Mirotic suffered a concussion and multiple facial fractures, while Bobby Portis was suspended for eight games on Wednesday. Both players will be out until the calendar flips to November, opening up minutes at power forward.

In the short-term, at least, the starting role will be filled by Lauri Markkanen, Hoiberg said.

Markkanen will join a list of eight other Bulls who started in their NBA debuts. Before Markkanen takes the floor tomorrow in Toronto, here's a look at those other rookies fared.

1983: Ennis Whatley, PG

The first underclassman selected in the 1983 NBA Draft (13th overall), Whatley scored six point on 3 of 6 shooting and tallied eight assists and two steals in his debut. He committed four turnovers but it didn't hurt the Bulls in their 104-97 win over the New Jersey Nets. Whatley wound up setting the Bulls rookie record for assists in a year (662; 8.3 per game) but was traded after two seasons due to substance abuse.

1984: Michael Jordan, SG

The highly anticipated debut of the Bulls' future was inauspicious. Jordan scored 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting, but he did stuff the box score: he added six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four blocks in a team-high 40 minutes. The Bulls, led by Orlando Woolridge and Quintin Dailey, cruised to a 109-93 win over the Bullets. Jordan bounced back nicely, though, averaging 28.2 points in the following 14 games. You know the rest.

1999: Elton Brand

Brand debuted against the Knicks on Opening Night, scoring 14 points on 3-for-11 shooting. He went 8-for-10 from the free throw line and added to his line with eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes. The Bulls, entering some of the uglier days in franchise history, lost to the Knicks, 84-74. Brand wound up splitting Rookie of the Year honors with Steve Francis, averaging a double-double (20.1 points, 10.0 rebounds) for the 17-65 Bulls. He was traded for high school star Tyson Chandler a year later.

2000: Khalid El-Amin

The only second-round pick on this list, El-Amin started at point guard against a Kings team that wound up winning 57 games. El-Amin held his own in the 100-81 loss, scoring 11 points and handing out three assists in 27 minutes. He shot 4-for-7 and connected on his only 3-point attempt. It was one of 14 games El-Amin started before being replaced by none other than Fred Hoiberg. It was El-Amin's only season in the NBA.

2002: Jay Williams

What could have been. The No, 2 pick in the 2002 NBA Draft shined in his NBA debut, going for 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 33 minutes. The Bulls topped the eventually playoff-bound Celtics, 99-96. Williams played 75 games as a rookie, averaging 9.5 points and 4.7 assists. A motorcycle accident that following offseason derailed his career far too soon.

2004: Andres Nocioni

Nocioni signed as an undrafted free agent in 2004, and the 25-year-old was ready to play out of the gates. His 17 points were the most of anyone's debut on this list, but he shot 5-for-19 and committed five turnovers in 42 minutes. It wasn't all bad, though, as he grabbed 14 rebounds and had two steals before fouling out in the final minute of double overtime against the Nets. The Bulls fell, 111-106. Nocioni struggled in his rookie season after that, finishing with averages of 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.

2004: Ben Gordon

Not exactly the greatest debut for the 3rd pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Gordon missed all six of his shots from the field and made three free throws in 17 minutes. That was it outside of one turnover and one personal foul. And there's some irony in the fact that Gordon started this game; he only started two other games that rookie season, and was named the Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 15.1 points on 40.5 percent shooting from deep.

2008: Derrick Rose

It was a quiet debut for the eventual Rookie of the Year. Rose, the overall No. 1 pick that June, scored 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting and handed out nine assists in the Bulls' win over the Bucks. Rose went on to average 16.8 points and 6.3 assists in 37.0 minutes that season, and he'd be named an All-Star the following three seasons after that. Ah, the good ol' days.

Former Bull Andres Nocioni officially retires from basketball

Former Bull Andres Nocioni officially retires from basketball

Following Real Madrid's season-ending loss on June 16, 37-year-old former Bull Andres Nocioni officially retired from professional basketball.

While Nocioni had made his intentions to retire clear a few months ago, following his teams loss in the ACB Finals marked the official start of his retirement.

The product of Argentina was a Bull from 2004-08 when he was moved to the Sacramento Kings. In his tenure as a Bull he became a fan favorite of sorts known for his hard-working style of play and seemingly clutch shots from beyond the three-point line.

He played 351 games in red where he averaged 11.7 points per game as well as shooting at a .431 clip from the three. He also played in 22 playoff games for the Bulls during that span.

Aside from Chicago, Nocioni found much success at the international level playing for Argentina along players like Manu Ginobli and Luis Scola who helped nab the countries first gold medal at the 2004 Olympic games.

Don't cry for me Nocioni: Former Bull leads Argentina to Olympics victory

Don't cry for me Nocioni: Former Bull leads Argentina to Olympics victory

Andres Nocioni went absolutely crazy in the most entertaining Rio 2016 Olympics basketball game yet. 

In a double overtime thriller, the former Chicago Bulls forward put up a game-high 37 points and 11 rebounds to lead Argentina to a 111-107 victory over Brazil. 

The 36-year-old wreacked havoc from beyond the arc, scoring 24 of his 37 from deep, and activated his clutch gene at just the right times. 

With three seconds left in the fourth quarter, Nocioni drilled a triple to tie the game up and force OT. He encored that with a three to pull Argentina within one in the first overtime.  

The Noch eventually fouled out in double OT, but a strong finish from Manu Ginobili and Facundo Campazzo sealed the victory for Argentina. With the thrilling win, Argentina improved to 3-1 in group play. 

Nocioni's performance brought back memories of dramatic shots he hit in Chicago.

In five seasons with the Bulls, the Argentinian averaged a solid 11.7 points per game and shot 50% from the field. But Nocioni never dropped 37 in Chicago. His NBA career-high was 31 in a Bulls win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Dec. 1, 2006.

Saturday's dominant performance would have delighted United Center patrons, who often showered him with "No-see-o-nee" chants after he'd catch fire. 

As for the current Chicago Bulls player in the game, Cristiano Felicio played limited minutes and scored two points.

Brazil dropped to 1-3 in group play and will finish their Olympics tournament against Nigeria on Monday.

Saturday's thriller serves as fair warning for a potential USA-Argentina final: The Noch is back.