Marquis Teague is turning heads in the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with his solid performance for the Chicago Bulls. The second-year guard out of Kentucky is making a strong campaign for more playing time as Derrick Rose‘s backup, coming off the bench.
After Nate Robinson‘s performance last year in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, everyone would think he is a lock for the spot, but Teague is working to change that. Despite only playing an average of 8.2 minutes per game last year during the regular season, Teague has shown progression in his play on the court during summer league.
The 6-foot-2 guard is averaging a solid 18.3 points per game, while dishing out 4.2 assists. More impressively, Teague is shooting lights out from three-point range. In four games, he has shot 75 percent from behind the arc. Scoring is something that the Bulls lacked last season. If Teague can stay consistent, he will be a viable scoring option off the bench for Tom Thibodeau.
Teague’s play has propelled the Bulls’ summer league team to a 3-1 record.
Rose coming back and the signing of shooting guard Mike Dunleavy has made the Bulls’ front court very crowded. If Teague can transfer his summer league performance to training camp, it is possible the Bulls could not resign Robinson or try to trade Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls have young talent like Teague and Jimmy Butler coming along fast, and both can contribute right away.
The Bulls have a lot of different routes they can take. It seemed like the past two years they didn’t have any front court support, now they have an abundance.