The Atlanta Hawks are going through a strange time in their franchise. After another early exit from the NBA Playoffs this past year, the Hawks decided to let Josh Smith walk in free agency and start a rebuild of their roster. However, instead of completely annihilating what they’d built, they decided to hold on to key pieces like Al Horford and Jeff Teague and build around them.
After the best season of his career last year, the Hawks pretty much know that Horford is going to be a player that they can rely on in the 2013-2014 season and beyond on both ends of the floor. Teague, on the other hand, is a young player that still has a ton of potential, but still needs some work before he’s Atlanta’s point guard for the future.
Teague also had the best season of his career last year, averaging 14.6 points, 7.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.9 minutes per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor and 35.9 percent from long-range. However, Teague still had his issues, such as turning the ball over 2.9 times per game and having a tendency to seemingly get lost in the shuffle at times.
With head coach Mike Budenholzer taking over the show for the Hawks, their system is going to look a lot different. There have been rumblings over the past few weeks that Budenholzer plans to institute a lot more movement in the Hawks’ offense and try to get everyone on the floor staying active at almost all times.
As reported by Peachtree Hoops, Teague confirmed those rumblings and also stated that he’s gotten in better shape to prepare for having to be a more active player when he’s on the floor. Teague also compared his role with Atlanta this season to the one that Tony Parker plays with the San Antonio Spurs, the team Budenholzer was an assistant for, in how he’s constantly moving.
Ultimately, this could allow Teague to have a lot more success this season and help realize some of his potential. For a player that needs to stay involved to be successful, there’s no better way to do so than to institute a system that forces him to stay involved. Though we haven’t seen Budenholzer’s system in action with the Hawks yet, it seems for now that Teague could be on the verge of having a big season in Atlanta.
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