After a bad stretch of games during summer league many wondered (myself included) if Marquis Teague was ready for the NBA, but Teague’s recent play has put all those preseason worries to a end.
Teague struggled in summer league mainly because he was out of shape. But now that he’s in shape he’s been balling for the Chicago Bulls finally proving they didn’t make a mistake drafting the 19-year-old point guard.
“It’s a big jump for a four-year guy to come into the pros. I think once he got into really good shape again, you could see his talent,” Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s very smart.”
Teague showed that talent and “smarts” Saturday night in the Bulls win over the Brooklyn Nets. Chicago was down six with less than five minutes to go in regulation when Teague scored four consecutive points and threw the assist that lead to a game tieing basket by Loul Deng.
Teague’s late game execution was impressive especially in light of the Bulls’ late game struggles without Derrick Rose. He was poised and changed the momentum of the game with his late game buckets. If Teague can continue this play and channel his inner Jeff Teague (his big brother who plays for the Atlanta Hawks) Teague could give Kirk Hinrich and run for that point guard spot in Rose’s absence.
Teague is everything you can’t teach. He’s young, athletic, with high basketball IQ. He might be just what the doctor ordered in the backcourt when Rose does finally return.