Brooklyn Nets: Mirza Teletovic, Grab You Some Bench
In the 2012-2013 NBA season the Brooklyn Nets really struggled to find consistent depth in their frontcourt. A lot of that was due to the fact that Kris Humphries had arguably the worst season of his career after signing a two-year, $24 million contract before the year. No matter why it happened, though, it forced the Nets to experiment with some less-than-stellar players in their frontcourt.
One of those less-than-stellar players was power forward Mirza Teletovic, a 27-year-old rookie last season. Teletovic really didn’t do much of anything effective for the Nets last season. In 53 games he averaged only 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game while shooting just 38.4 percent from the floor.
Teletovic was expected to perform much better than he did last year considering the success he had in the 2011-2012 season while playing in Spain. In 41 games with Caja Laboral, Teletovic averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 30.4 minutes per game while shooting a solid 52.8 percent on two-point attempts.
However, that success in Europe obviously didn’t translate to the NBA and it really killed any excitement that Brooklyn could have had about him. Ultimately that is going to end up with Teletovic staying planted in his nice warm seat on the bench this season.
With the Nets trading for Kevin Garnett, they now have a strong and deep frontcourt. Teletovic will now be playing behind KG, Reggie Evans and maybe even the rookie Mason Plumlee this season. With how Teletovic played last season, he’s not going to break the Nets’ rotation, barring an injury to one of those other players. That’s tough luck for the 27-year-old, but probably good news for the Nets.