Jon Presser, ContributorNets coach Jason Kidd is trying hard to find effective lineup combinations for his team lately, and that has opened the door for many on the Nets bench who are trying to carve out a role for themselves.
Over the last week and a half, nobody’s taken advantage of the extra opportunities more than 28-year-old Mirza Teletovic.
Teletovic has excelled in extended minutes recently, and it’s led to a firm place in the Nets rotation going forward for the Bosnia and Herzegovina native.
In Brooklyn’s past six games, Teletovic has averaged about 20 minutes a game, getting the chance to play both forward spots, primarily at power forward.
He’s responded by shooting 19-of-39 (48.7%) from the field over those six games, including a scorching hot 13-of-25 (52.0%) from 3-point territory in that span.
He’s also shown that he’s not just a one-dimensional scoring threat either, with 32 rebounds over the last six games, including a career-high 13 Friday night.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence now,” Mirza said about the effect of the increased playing time on his performance. “The last [few] games I’ve played really hard, defensively and everything. When you have confidence, you can do a lot of [things].”
Teletovic signed with Brooklyn on a three-year contact worth almost $10 million in July of 2012, and over the last year and a half, he’s been waiting patiently for an opportunity to show the Nets why they used their full mid-level exception on him.
Saturday night, after a 15-point Nets fourth-quarter lead was cut to 75-74, Teletovic played a huge part in helping the Nets expand their lead and put the game away.
Jason Kidd has given him an opportunity, and Teletovic is taking full advantage. If he keeps it up, he’ll remain a mainstay in Kidd’s rotation for the foreseeable future.