Mirza Teletovic made us hop the Fearza train

Mirza Teletovic, Cody Zeller

Mirza Teletovic: 72 G, 7 GS, 19.4 MPG, 8.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.40 SPG, 0.32 BPG, .0.418 FG% .0.390 3P%, .0.710 FT%, 14.38 PER, 2.0 EWA

grade-bWhat a difference a year makes, huh?

Under a new coach and in a new situation, Mirza Teletovic had himself a much improved 2013-14 campaign, tossing threes at the rim with suave confidence. Without hesitation, Teletovic shot his way into our hearts, but he cemented himself there permanently in January: after famously smirking and laughing in LeBron James’ face, Teletovic went on to score 34 points by way of seven threes against Dallas.

Teletovic’s man-to-man defense also improved, and he’s no longer a liability on that end. In fact, he even spent a fair amount of time guarding James, with varied success, which is more than most can hope for. He put up the smirk of the season. Teletovic even played some center in Kidd’s mircoball rotation, further stretching Brooklyn’s floor.

Fearza’s unwavering confidence can frustrate, but there’s a very short list of players that can shift a game’s momentum in the blink of an eye. Mirza Teletovic can do that with the right shots. So keep doing you, Mirza.

MUST-WATCH: LeBron James erupts on Mirza Teletovic after flagrant foul as Teletovic laughs at him