Jeff Teague has certainly made the most of his playing time this season. The Atlanta Hawks depend on the young point guard to play at a high level and he has delivered over his last five games. The guard is averaging almost 19 points per game to go along with 10 assists. Before his latest game, his PPG would have been even higher. The Hawks certainly have to like this.
Early in his career, Teague never had much of a chance to shine. He was the backup to Kirk Hinrich, which really stunted his growth early on. It may have been a good thing for him to sit and learn but it looks like he could have been a very good guard from day one. Of course, hindsight is 20/20.
Teague will probably never be an All-Star but he is going to be a very solid player for the Hawks for years to come. He is a guy that can average about 15 points a game and if he gets you nearly eight or nine assists, you can live with that. There are a lot of teams across the league that would love to have a guy like that on their roster.
With the team considering moving Josh Smith, Teague would bounce up to the second option on the team. That might be the best thing for him. Add some more pressure to him and see if he can respond. If he responds like I think he will, the Hawks will not have to worry about point guard for a long time.