Whatever Mirza Teletovic did to find himself in the dog house, Jason Kidd might want to get over it.
After stating that the second year forward out of Bosnia would play an important role in the Brooklyn Nets‘ rotation this season, Kidd’s only played Teletovic for a grand total of 28 minutes through the team’s first eight games.
What inspired Kidd to change his mind about Teletovic so quickly is about as unclear as the initial presence of the tiger in “The Hangover.” Teletovic and Alan Anderson averaged very similar numbers during the preseason, and although Anderson is the more complete scorer of the two, Teletovic provides better floor spacing because of his reputation as a sharpshooter.
Kidd certainly doesn’t want to lose Anderson’s potential to put up points in a hurry, but he doesn’t necessarily have to.
Up to this point Anderson has averaged 17.5 minutes per game. If Kidd either trims that number down to about 13 or just slides Anderson or Teletovic to the backup power forward slot instead of rookie Mason Plumlee, who recently cracked the rotation, he could still receive considerable productivity from both Anderson and Teletovic.
But if Kidd doesn’t budge and Teletovic continues to take up bench space until garbage time/injuries come about, general manager Billy King should seriously listen to offers for Teletovic around the trade deadline. He has a unique skill set that many teams would jump through hoops for.
If Kidd and the Nets aren’t going to take advantage of that they might as well get what they can for him.