Chicago Bulls‘ backup point guard, Marquis Teague, came into the league as a rookie last season not knowing what to expect. He didn’t know if he would play garbage time or many minutes. But with all the injuries the Bulls had, Teague was thrown into the fire early and had a semi decent rookie season.
Last season, Teague played nervous and tentative at times. He was indecisive and played with a lack of confidence. After the season was over, Teague said he would be more ready and prepared next season because of his workout habits and the experience of playing down the stretch. If the Summer League is indication of improvement, Teague is taking the right steps.
Teague was the leader of the Bulls’ Summer League team. He showed flashes of what he can do. His ball handling has improved tremendously. He’s always had the quickness to get in the lane, but now he’s more under control. He played with more poise and passion, and he has worked on his jumper to the point that he can knock down shots. He played with more rhythm and confidence.
Teague averaged 18.3 points, 4.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds in four games at Summer League. Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at, especially for a 20 year-old. Will this translate to the regular season?
Coach Tom Thibodeau has the utmost confidence in Teague. He has learned some things from watching and playing with Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson. He has gone through the experience of playing through a whole season. Now it’s time for Teague to show and prove the potential he has. This season can’t come soon enough.