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Bulls’ Top 10 Power Forwards in franchise history

Bulls’ Top 10 Power Forwards in franchise history

NBC Sports Chicago is counting down the top 10 Bulls at each position.

We've hit the point guards, shooting guards and small forwards. This week, the power forwards are up.

And for the first time in this mental exercise: a bit of mystery! Yes, the No. 1 spots at point guard, shooting guard and small forward were a tad obvious. No one at any of those positions in franchise history matched Derrick Rose, Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen, respectively.

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But power forward is a bit murkier. The starters at the four-spot during each of the Bulls' three-peats loom in Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman. Chet Walker's Hall-of-Fame pedigree place him firmly in the thick of things at the top. Further down the ranks, fan favorites (Taj Gibson) and other pioneers (Bob Boozer), among others, warrant mention.

So, how did this week's edition shake out? Read on...

Bulls’ Top 10 Power Forwards in franchise history

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Former Bull Nikola Mirotic wins Spanish league MVP honors for FC Barcelona

Former Bull Nikola Mirotic wins Spanish league MVP honors for FC Barcelona

Nikola Mirotic raised some eyebrows last summer when he rejected significant NBA interest, including a concrete offer from the Utah Jazz, to return to his European roots and play for FC Barcelona.

On Saturday, Mirotic merely raised celebratory smiles, getting a swimming pool dunking from ecstatic teammates after earning most valuable player honors for the second time in his European career.

"You can see it in my face, in my smile. It was a good surprise, it brightened my day," Mirotic said, according to Eurohoops.net, after winning the honor as his team prepares for a Liga ACB semifinal game on Sunday. "The MVP award for me means a collective work of the team. This award goes to all my teammates who have helped me to be better every day. Each game has helped me to feel good. And of course to the coaching staff who have managed to put me in the best position that I feel effective. And also for all those who support us, the fans."

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Mirotic averaged 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 26.9 minutes per contest in the Spanish league. He joined Darryl Middleton, Arvydas Sabonis, Luis Scola and Felipe Reyes as the only multiple MVP award winners. His first came with Real Madrid in 2013 before he joined the Bulls.

Mirotic averaged 11.4 points in close to four seasons with the Bulls, who traded him to the Pelicans in 2018. He played 14 games for the Bucks in 2018-19.

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Nikola Mirotic accepts 70% pay cut from FC Barcelona, denies that he was pressured into it

Nikola Mirotic accepts 70% pay cut from FC Barcelona, denies that he was pressured into it

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, elite Spanish basketball club FC Barcelona is enforcing a temporary employment regulation that will include a 70% pay reduction for the senior team. 

A report from Mundo Deportivo stated that former Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic, who is currently a member of FC Barcelona, was upset about the temporary employment regulation agreement and communicated that to team president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Mirotic and his teammates eventually accepted the agreement, but Mirotic also denies that he ever had a meeting with the team president or was pressured into accepting.

The former Bull stated that accepting the agreement was his "own decision to support the club right now."

Mirotic is the highest-paid player in Europe, making a reported $5.4 million per year over a four-year contract. Over 51 games in the 2019-20 season, Mirotic is averaging 19.3 points and 6.4 rebounds on 49.3% shooting from the field. 

The temporary employment regulation (70% pay cut) will last until the end of the season suspension. 

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