While Avery Johnson was head coach, Mirza Teletovic struggled to get any playing time at all, buried at the end of the Brooklyn Nets’ bench. There were three main reasons why Teletovic couldn’t make his way off the bench: his three point shot was not falling, other players on the Nets’ bench such as Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans were performing very well, and Teletovic was getting exposed on defense and the boards whenever he was inserted into games. Now, Mirza Teletovic has found his shooting confidence and is contributing to the team.
Teletovic is averaging 9.3 points over the past three games, shooting 10-19 overall and 6-11 from three point territory. He put up 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 assists against the Sacramento Kings in 20 minutes of playing time and 8 points in 14 minutes against the 76ers. Teletovic has tried to prove that he can do more that shoot threes recently in Europe and in Brooklyn. He told reporters, “People just think that I’m a three-point shooter. I can do so many more things and I can help the team out in different ways.” MarShon Brooks agrees. Brooks told reporters, “Some days, Mirza has been the best player in practice. Believe me, Mirza can play.”
I saw Teletovic play this summer in a EuroBasket game between Team Bosnia and Team Georgia. In that game, Teletovic led his team on offense and scored a huge contested three in the final minute of the game. I then predicted that Teletovic would have one huge game sometime this season. As he continues to build confidence, he should get more chances to play and assume a bigger role on the team.