Jeff Teague's Progress Pacing Balanced Offense For Atlanta Hawks

By Andy Schmidt
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One of the most appealing facts about the Atlanta Hawks during this 2012-13 National Basketball Association season is the fact that the team has five players scoring in double figures. There is one in particular who has taken his game to a whole new level this season in Jeff Teague. Teague is in his fourth year with Atlanta and is averaging a career-high 14.2 points a game while dishing out over seven assists a game. Teague is just another piece of the possible championship puzzle in Atlanta.

Teague has even increased his scoring over the last ten games for the Hawks, scoring over 17 points a game and having nearly nine assists per contest as Atlanta continues to solidify their playoff position with a 31-23 record. The team has talked about addressing the backcourt depth on the roster but Teague is a player who shouldn’t lose numbers to anyone right now. The Hawks have four solid players in Teague, Josh Smith, Al Horford and Devin Harris. When Harris gets back to full strength and plays to his career averages, Atlanta could find themselves with six double-digit scorers.

Teague is doing a great job right now as the team’s starting point guard in place of Harris and probably will send Harris to the bench permanently the way he is playing this season. At age 24, Teague could only improve even more in the coming years. There is a bright future in Atlanta for Teague if the team isn’t torn apart by trades this offseason because Teague has the potential to become a top-ten point guard soon.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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