It has been a rough transition to the NBA for Mirza Teletovic. Last season, coaches Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo never gave him a chance to prove himself. In an interview with Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News in September, Teletovic was frustrated about how last season went. "I think it would be almost the same result or even less (about playing such low minutes). It's tough. It's tough when you don't play."

This season, Teletovic was coming off a fantastic stint in Eurobasket, averaging 21 points and seven rebounds per game. It seemed like Mirza was prepared for the NBA. He saw some minutes in the preseason, but when the games started to count, Reggie Evans took his playing time. The rise of Mason Plumlee didn't help either. And just like that, the Bosnian was in the same position as last year.