For a team that was looking to add shooting in the offseason, there isn’t a much better acquisition than sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic. “Telly” is very efficient from deep as well as being accustomed to coming off the bench. Although his health has been an issue throughout his career, he is definitely a huge player off the bench when healthy.
His ongoing battle with blood clots has affected his number of games played throughout his four-year career, but he is coming off of a season in which he averaged 21.3 minutes per game for 79 games. Hopefully that is a sign that he is ready to play another full season this year.
After knocking down 39.3 percent of his threes last season, Teletovic is a deadly shooter. In fact, this stretch four is primarily a deep shooter. Almost 60 percent of his total shots were from behind the arc last season, which indicates his high confidence level from out there.
Although he does not often create his own shot (95 percent of those threes were assisted), he does a great job in the catch-and-shoot and pick-and-pop game.
Another advantage for having Teletovic on the team is the chemistry he has with head coach Jason Kidd. Kidd has already coached Teletovic while both were in Brooklyn and they definitely had a positive connection there.
Coming off a career-high in points per game last season with 12.2, Teletovic could easily see another high mark there as well as a career high in minutes per game under Kidd.
Like Beasley, Teletovic is great on offense, but isn’t the best defender. He is not quite strong enough to guard post players and not quick enough to guard the slashing forwards. He needs a big rim-protector behind him to be hidden in the defensive scheme. Still, his impact on the offensive end is enough to keep him on the floor for extended periods of time.
Lastly, his injury problems are just that: problems. In his first four seasons in the league, he has missed 84 combined games, which is more than a full season. Staying healthy has to be a priority for him, and all Bucks’ fans have to be prepared for the possibility of losing him occasionally.