Submitted by Cory Bernstein of Hoops Talk Nation
Brooklyn’s Finest 15 is the ranking of all 15 Nets based on what I think will be their impact on Brooklyn this season. Here’s number 7, Mirza Teletovic.
Mirza Teletovic comes from Bosnia and Herzovongia after playing for years in Europe. He last played for the Spanish side Caja Laboral, dominating the Euroleague (Champions League for basketball) last season, averaging 21.7 points and 6 boards per contest. He signed with the Nets on a three year, nine million dollar contract, and unlike Toko Shengelia is ready to make an impact in the NBA.
Obviously, it’s difficult to tell exactly how good Mirza is without seeing him play in NBA games. There is this video where he scores approximately 109 points on the Grizzlies in a preseason game, and you can find an abundant amount of Youtube clips of Teletovic making it rain in the Euroleague. But it’s hard to find full game tapes of Teletovic, and it is hard to estimate the talent level in Europe relative to that of the NBA. What we do know is that Teletovic is a stretch 4 who is an absolutely lethal long range shooter. He reminds many of a former Net, Ryan Anderson, but is not nearly as good on the offensive boards. His rebounding is by no means bad, but as a power forward it is certainly not good. Defensively, Mirza will probably struggle like many stretch 4’s do, but at 6’9 and 255 pounds he has the body to be an effective defender. Even if he is a turnstile on defense and is a poor rebounder, his elite shooting will still make him a valuable player for the Nets. At worst, the Nets just signed Steve Novak, while at best he is a European Ryan Anderson.
Teletovic is certainly the enigma of the Nets’ rotation. He will undoubtedly be a great three point shooter with range that extends to thirty feet. If you watch the entire video I linked above, Teletovic is not afraid to take some ridiculous last second shots, and this fearlessness of the bench is a great thing. I expect Mirza to be one of the stars of the Nets’ vastly improved bench. I expect to see CJ Watson, MarShon Brooks, either Gerald Wallace or Joe Johnson, Teletovic, and Evans or Blatche on the floor a lot as a type of bench lineup. Teletovic’s defensive defenices can be hid by Wallace or Johnson to an extent while he will not be forced to protect the rim. As a role player, I expect big things from Mirza this season. His elite three point shooting alone will at worst make him a quality bench player for Brooklyn.