The Brooklyn Nets have to be counting the days until the start of training camp.
It's the chance to see the return of Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace and the addition of Joe Johnson. But beyond those NBA vets the real excitement within the organization should rest on the rookie from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mirza Teletovic will surprise some people around the league this season, especially those not paying attention to what's going on in international play right now.
Simply put, Teletovic is capable enough to garnish significant playing time off of Avery Johnson's bench and the 6'9 power forward is showing his on-court value the last couple of weeks in Slovenia.
As the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifier moves on, Teletovic continues to heat up.
In 6 games for Bosnia and Herzegovina, he is averaging 25.7 points and 6.2 rebounds a game, while shooting 46% from the field and 35% from 3-point. The stretch four big man can either hurt teams from down on the block or on the perimeter and is a tough cover all the way around.
Teletovic's latest outing produced 36 points in a 99-83 win over the Netherlands.
His story was detailed here at RU back in early July and now with each performance at the EuroBasket Qualifier, Nets' fans get a closer look at the kind of player they can expect to see this coming season in Brooklyn.
Sure, the Netherlands (or Romania, as featured in the clip below) isn't exactly like competing against the rest of the NBA but either a player can play or he can't.
And Teletovic most certainly can play.
When he initially signed with the Nets during the off season, the deal may have flown under the radar around the league, but Brooklyn is getting a steal in Teletovic.