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Mirza Teletovic has an opportunity to sustain last season's success

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After an offseason that saw the Nets frontcourt change shape, Mirza Teletovic has a chance not only to sustain the success he found in Brooklyn last season, but to go even further. Steve Alexander of Rotoworld is among those who believes Teletovic can take a big step this season. He lists the "King of Bosnia" as one of his winners of this offseason.

Mirza Teletovic,  F, Nets – With Paul Pierce no longer in Brooklyn and Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko playing in the bodies of old men, the time is now for Teletovic. The hope is that Teletovic will fly under the radar after averaging just 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 3-pointers last season, but that’s about to change. He averaged 11.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and a whopping 2.8 3-pointers over the final eight games of last season, becoming a one-man fantasy wrecking ball for those lucky enough to pick him up. And if things go like I think they will at the start of the season, he should pick up right where he left off.

Teletovic was buried on the bench during his first season with the Nets, but coach Jason Kidd found a spot for the Bosnian in his sophomore campaign. Teletovic had several big games during the course of the season where he got hot from beyond the arc, leading the Nets to victory. He also gained some national attention when he agitated LeBron James during the Nets mid-season victory over the Heat. Even though he is known for his shooting ability, Teletovic proved he can also defend some stretch power forwards in the league with his fine play on James.