Mirza Teletovic

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

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.[5] 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,[9] 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.[10]

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 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 29, he scored a season-high 20 points off the bench in a 107–102 win over the Toronto Raptors. He tied his season-high on December 7, scoring 20 points, including a go-ahead basket with 0.3 seconds left, to cap the Suns’ furious fourth-quarter rally from 16 down in a 103–101 win over the Chicago Bulls. On December 16, he surpassed that mark, scoring a team-high 24 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. On January 12, 2016, he reached double figures for a career-best sixth straight game, scoring 19 points in a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

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Career highlights and awards
2× Spanish League champion (2008, 2010)
ACB Rising Star Award (2008)
Spanish King’s Cup MVP (2009)
All-ACB Team (2012)

 

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