Mirza Teletović

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Mirza Teletović
Mirza Teletovic Nets.jpg
Teletović with the Nets
No. 33 – Brooklyn Nets
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-09-17) September 17, 1985 (age 29)
Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Pro career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2004 Sloboda Tuzla (Bosnia)
2004–2006 Oostende (Belgium)
2006–2012 Saski Baskonia (Spain)
2012–present Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Mirza Teletović (born September 17, 1985) is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents and captains the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team. Standing at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in), he plays at the power forward position.

Early life[edit]

Teletović lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War of the 1990s. He grew up in the city of Mostar, the subject of an 18-month siege when he was a child. When Teletović shared his account of the war, he said, "I was seven years old when the war started. First you start seeing that there's no food, then grenades come down, the whole city is shaking, and you hear people screaming. Every day, your parents come in and say 'our neighbor died, our cousin died'. Always somebody dying. One day, I asked my mother, 'Is anybody alive?' It was very, very rough for us. It left, I will say, a memory". Teletović added, "All my friends and me are playing [basketball] and then you hear the sirens like the grenades start falling down and just run to your house and hide. If I have to die, I die. For basketball, I will do anything".[1]

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Sloboda Tuzla[edit]

Teletović made his professional debut with the club Sloboda Tuzla, of the Basketball Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the 2002-03 season. In his first season with the club, he averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while in his second season, he increased his stats to 26.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game over 17 games in the league.[2]

Oostende[edit]

In 2004, Teletović moved to the Belgian Basketball League club Oostende and stayed for two seasons. He also played in Europe's second-tier level, continental-wide ULEB Cup competition, averaging 6.7 points and 2 rebounds.

Baskonia[edit]

He then joined the Euroleague club Saski Baskonia (known as Tau Cerámica at the time), of the Spanish ACB League, in 2006. He played his first game in the Spanish League on October 1, 2006, in a game against Pamesa, where they won on the road by 95-94.[3] In his first season in Euroleague, Europe's first-tier level, continental-wide competition, he averaged 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He declared eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft, but went undrafted.

In the next three seasons with the Spanish club, he became a starting player, and eventually became the captain of Baskonia, and one of the cornerstones of the team. In 2008, he won the Spanish League Rising Star Award. A year later, in 2009, when the club became known as Caja Laboral, he was named the MVP of the mid-season three game Spanish King's Cup tournament.[4]

Over 10 games in the 2011–12 Euroleague season, he averaged a career-high 21.7 points and 6 rebounds per game. However, Caja Laboral didn't reach the Top 16 round. In June 2012, Teletović reached a contract buyout agreement with Baskonia, for an amount of 2 million euros, in order to play the next year in the NBA.[5]

NBA[edit]

Brooklyn Nets[edit]

On July 3, 2012, Teletović verbally agreed to a 3-year $15.6 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.[6] This deal has since been changed to a 3-year $9 million contract,[7] so as to qualify under the NBA collective bargaining agreement's mini mid-level exception.

He made his NBA debut on November 5, 2012 in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored 5 points. On January 5, 2013, Teletović recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a win over the Sacramento Kings. On March 1, 2013, Nets head coach PJ Carlesimo said that he intended to put Teletović in the Nets rotation, along with giving him consistent minutes.[8]

On November 29, 2013, he achieved the first double-double of his career against the Houston Rockets with 18 points and 13 rebounds. On January 24, 2014, he scored a career high 34 points in just 27 minutes of play, including 24 points in the second quarter alone.[9] On February 19, 2014, he achieved his second double-double against the New Orleans Pelicans with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

On December 3, 2014, he scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in the 95-93 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs.[10]

Bosnian national team[edit]

Teletović has been capped with the senior men's national basketball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has played at the EuroBasket 2003, EuroBasket 2005, EuroBasket 2011, and Eurobasket 2013. In the EuroBasket 2011 tournament, he averaged 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, however, Bosnia and Herzegovina finished in 17th place out of 24 teams in the tournament.[11]

In the Eurobasket 2013 qualification, he averaged 24.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Bosnia and Herzegovina finished first in group D in front of Georgia. During the final tournament, Teletović averaged 21.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game, with both points and rebounds per game being career highs for Teletović at the Eurobasket. Bosnia and Herzegovina was not able to advance to the second round despite its 3-2 record, leading to a 13th-placed finish.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.


NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Brooklyn 53 0 9.4 .384 .343 .818 1.8 .4 .2 .2 3.5
2013–14 Brooklyn 72 7 19.4 .418 .390 .710 3.7 .8 .4 .3 8.6
Career 125 7 15.2 .409 .379 .710 2.9 .6 .3 .2 6.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Brooklyn 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2014 Brookyln 10 0 19.0 .452 .373 .500 3.5 .1 .4 .1 8.9
Career 11 0 17.4 .452 .373 .500 3.2 .1 .4 .1 8.1

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 Baskonia 24 6 15.1 .374 .328 .792 2.8 .6 .5 .3 5.3 5.0
2007–08 Baskonia 25 24 27.2 .485 .433 .692 4.4 .4 .5 .5 10.5 9.2
2008–09 Baskonia 21 6 26.3 .535 .421 .750 3.7 .6 .4 .3 13.0 11.0
2009–10 Baskonia 20 18 30.1 .450 .436 .737 4.5 1.1 .5 .2 14.8 13.3
2010–11 Baskonia 20 17 34.1 .412 .360 .679 5.5 .8 .6 .5 15.4 13.1
2011–12 Baskonia 10 10 34.4 .437 .431 .700 6.0 1.2 .5 1.0 21.7 20.7
Career 120 81 26.8 .451 .405 .718 4.3 .7 .6 .5 12.4 11.0

Personal life[edit]

Teletović is a Muslim.[12] He and his wife, Maja, have four children.[13]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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