Never did I think the day when I would argue for someone else over Joe Johnson for All-Star weekend’s Three-Point Contest would ever come. I mean, not even someone who covers the Brooklyn Nets can get tired of watching the guy light it up from deep the way he does.
One of his own teammates, however, should’ve gotten the nod instead. No, not Jason Terry, and not Paul Pierce either, but the one and only, wait for it, Mirza Teletovic.
Following a rookie NBA season where he was mostly reduced to the very last option on the roster, Teletovic has finally received consistent playing time under first-year head coach Jason Kidd and made the most of it, averaging 8.7 points per game and 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 2013-14.
Meanwhile, Johnson’s clip from three-point land this season currently stands at 39.1 percent. I think you can do the math for yourself. No, it’s not a huge disparity, but still something to take note of.
That’s not to say that Johnson isn’t worthy of the selection he received. He’s still easily one of the best long range shooters the league has to offer, but this would’ve been an excellent opportunity to instead show fans Brooklyn’s hidden talent in Teletovic.
Personally, I would’ve loved to see them both compete, but having two players from the same team in the contest would simply be like giving two cookies to one kid while leaving most of the others without one at all.
In the end, it came to reputation. Johnson was voted onto the Eastern Conference All-Star team and has a great three-point percentage once again, so why not have him in Saturday night’s competition? Teletovic is an unknown to most fans that aren’t chanting “Brooook-lyyyyn!” either at Barclays or from their couch every game. Although upsetting, the snub doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
You have to love politics!