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Nikola Mirotic: The Pump Fake Master

 

Since he stepped foot on an NBA court at the beginning of the 2014-15 season, Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic has put forth a polished and impressive display of offensive moves in the key and on the perimeter that have left crowds cheering and audiences dazzled on a nightly basis. Throughout his successful rookie campaign, there is one thing that has been a constant – his penchant for the pump fake.

Time and time again, Niko has used it to his advantage to pump fake a defender right out of their shoes. I’m not sure whether it’s a case of guys not reading the scouting reports thoroughly enough or Niko is just that nifty wit’ it, but plenty have fallen victim and continue to fall victim to his use of the crafty move.

Nobody is safe…

 

 

Yes, it’s that lethal. His (over)use of the shot fake has also delighted observers of his game…

 

 

And at times, frustrated others…

 

 

Some have pondered it’s origins…

 

 

His teammates and the media have also taken notice…

 

 

 

He certainly does. Which in part is what inspired me to put together a highlight video for you of some of his more impressive feigned shot attempts and subsequent finishes from his début season.

 

 
That’s just a small taste from Niko’s pump fake platter, wait until I put together the three hour super cut (I’m joking, but don’t tempt me). If the above video wasn’t enough for you and you want to keep things interesting until the Bulls start winning again or Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose return, take a cue from this guy…
 

 
You’re on your own people.

 

Note: My friend Chris Andrews from Hoop Prods assisted me in bringing my video idea to life. Thanks once again for your help Chris.

 

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