Teletović with the Nets
|No. 35 – Phoenix Suns|
September 17, 1985 |
Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2002–2004||Sloboda Tuzla (Bosnia & Herzegovina)|
|2004–2006||Telindus Oostende (Belgium)|
|2006–2012||Saski Baskonia (Spain)|
|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 Phoenix Suns 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Bosnian national team
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Awards and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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...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.
As a youth, Teletović spent some of his time playing soccer, as well as learning kickboxing and karate. However, he felt most comfortable with playing basketball, as he played the sport at a local basketball court not far from his home.
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.
In 2004, Teletović moved to the Belgian Basketball League club Telindus 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.
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. 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.
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, in order to play the next year in the NBA.
On July 3, 2012, Teletović verbally agreed to a 3-year $15.6 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. This deal has since been changed to a 3-year $9 million contract, so as to qualify under the NBA collective bargaining agreement's mini mid-level exception.
Teletović 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 P.J. Carlesimo said that he intended to put Teletović in the Nets rotation, along with giving him consistent minutes.
On November 29, 2013, Teletović 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. 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, Teletović scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds in the 95–93 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs. On January 23, 2015, he was ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season after he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus. However, he later returned to action on April 22 as he played four minutes and grabbed two rebounds in the Nets' Game 2 first-round series loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
On June 18, 2015, the Nets tendered a qualifying offer worth $4.21 million to make Teletović a restricted free agent. However, on July 9, the Nets withdrew their qualifying offer and parted ways with him.
On July 17, 2015, Teletović signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Phoenix Suns. He made his debut for the Suns in the team's season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on October 28, recording 5 points and 5 rebounds in a 111–95 loss. On November 20, he had a season-best game for the Suns, recording 15 points and 5 rebounds in a 114–107 win over the Denver Nuggets.
Bosnian national team
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.
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.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
Awards and accomplishments
- Basketball League Belgium Champion: (2006)
- 3x Spanish Supercup Champion: (2006, 2007, 2008)
- 2x Spanish ACB League Champion: (2008, 2010)
- 2x Euroleague Final Four Participation: (2007, 2008)
- Spanish King's Cup Champion: (2009)
- "For Mirza Teletovic, basketball is a game, not war ... and he knows the difference". netsdaily.com. SBnation.
- Coro, Paul (September 18, 2015). "Suns newcomer Teletovic rebounds from adversity". AZ Central. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
- "Mirza Teletovic: Survivor of War, Sickness, and Basketball". nba.com/suns. National Basketball Association. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Mirza Teletovic Draft 2007". NBA.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Spanish League, Game 1: September 30 – October 1, 2006". Euroleague. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Teletovic, MVP de la Copa del Rey". Libertad Digital Deportes (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- "Caja Laboral and Mirza Teletovic agreed to the NBA buyout amount". Sportando. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Sources: Nets, Mirza Teletovic agree". ESPN.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "Nets' deal with Teletovic reopens possibility of trade for Howard". Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- "PJ Carlesimo: Mirza Teletovic "is the biggest piece we have to address."". nydailynews.com. New York Daily News.
- Notebook: Nets 107, Mavericks 106
- Nets win in OT, snap Spurs' 8-game winning streak
- Mirza Teletovic Medical Update - 01/23/15
- Millsap scores 19, Hawks hold off Nets 96-91 for 2-0 lead
- Nets Rescind Qualifying Offer To Mirza Teletovic
- "Suns Sign Teletovic, Weems, Price". NBA.com. July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- Mirza Teletovic to sign with Suns
- "8 Dallas players reach double figures, Mavs rout Suns 111-95". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
- "Knight scores 38 as Suns rally to beat Nuggets 114-107". NBA.com. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- "Mirza Teletovic | EuroBasket 2011". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Nets Find Family Time Amid NBA Schedule
- Mirza Teletovic's wife gave birth to twin babies; So, you know, congratulate them!
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