The Bulls traded up in this year's draft to land a young European prospect who won't come over to the NBA for a couple years. And when he arrives, he will be the long-term starter at the position.
Mirotic easily could have been a top five pick in this year's draft had he been able to play in the NBA next season. Since it will take at least three years for him to arrive, he dropped, and the Bulls won out.
Mirotic is a big player who can shoot the lights out of the ball. The best comparison I can make is that he is a young cross between Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki. No guarantees he ever turns out as those two, but he certainly has the ability.
When Mirotic arrives, he will be around 23-24 years old. He has been playing professionally in Europe and will be experienced. With his shooting and scoring ability coupled with that experience, Mirotic can come in and score.
Take the recent FIBA Under 20 World Championship. While a key member for the eventual champion Spain, Mirotic lit up the scoreboard. He averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds a game, with his best game being a 37-point outing.
If Mirotic becomes the player he should be, there is no reason why he wouldn't be the Bulls' starting power forward. Boozer will be older, Gibson will be in another uniform and the Bulls won't have money to sign a free agent. And with Mirotic's scoring, he could easily be a high scoring four who, along with MVP Derrick Rose, leads Chicago to several championships.