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…
Mirotic can pump fake Chuck Norris.
— Kevo (@KevinDReynolds) January 10, 2015
Yes, it’s that lethal. His (over)use of the shot fake has also delighted observers of his game…
Nikola Mirotic’s pump fake is so effective now that he has established his outside jumper. His evolution has been fun to follow.
— Luis M. (@lcm1986) December 23, 2014
And at times, frustrated others…
Mirotic is going to pump fake his Rookie season away MY GOD STOP PUMP FAKING AND JUST SHOOT!!!!
— Jahan (@H00PINATI) February 26, 2015
Some have pondered it’s origins…
I think Mirotic’s pump fake is actually magic.
— Brian CoolTeen (@Cosmis) December 3, 2014
His teammates and the media have also taken notice…
Rose a fan of Mirotic: “The way he’s able to move with the ball, pump fake and get to the hole, avoid charges, for a big that’s impressive.”
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) October 6, 2014
Note to opponents: Mirotic likes to pump fake. Does it almost every touch.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 1, 2015
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 could do a Mirotic pump fake drinking game and be half in the bag by halftime.
— Loustradamus (@Loustradamus1) November 6, 2014
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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