Nikola Mirotic named Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Jan. 5, 2015 – The Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic today was named the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in December.

Mirotic ranked second among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (9.9 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and field goal percentage (.439).  He recorded double-digit scoring outputs in nine of Chicago’s 15 games in December, and posted one point-rebound double-double. Mirotic connected on 6-of-6 three-point field goals and scored a career-high 27 points on Dec. 19, during a 103-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Here is a recap of the month for Mirotic:

Dec. 3 @ Charlotte: Scored 11 points and added 12 rebounds during a 102-95 win over the Hornets.

Dec. 12 vs. Portland: Contributed 15 points and nine rebounds in a 115-106 win over the Trail Blazers.   

Dec. 19 @ Memphis: Scored 27 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a 103-97 win over the Grizzlies.

Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month

The Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month are part of a series of oncourt performance awards called “The Kia NBA Performance Awards.” The series, currently in its eighth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and includes five of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player Award, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man Award, Kia Most Improved Player Award, and Kia Rookie of the Year.  It also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month during the regular season.  In addition to continuing to serve as the league’s Official Automotive Partner, Kia is also the Official Luxury Vehicle of the NBA, following the introduction of the brand’s modern and elegant K900 rear-drive luxury sedan.  For more information on the “The Kia NBA Performance Awards” visit www.NBA.com/awards.

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