The play of Jeff Teague has been huge for the Atlanta Hawks this season. When the Hawks decided to re-sign the point guard in the offseason, the coaching staff had high hopes about what type of player he could become this season. Those hopes are now becoming a reality, as evidenced by Teague’s ability on the court this season.
When you watch a game, you can tell that Teague has taken his game to the next level. He has been playing so well that he has surpassed Al Horford as the Hawks’ best player. In fact, I would even argue that he needs to be considered among the top point guards in the NBA right now. Also, he should be viewed as a potential selection for the NBA All-Star team as a representative for the Hawks and the Eastern Conference. Just look at the numbers this year that he’s put up.
Even though it is only the beginning of the NBA season, Teague is already averaging career-highs in both points and assists per game. He is the team’s leading scorer, which is uncommon for a point guard. Teague nearly averages a double-double every time he takes the court. He is an impressive player who can spread the ball around to his teammates, as seen by his 8.1 assists a game, but also provides scoring, notching an impressive 17.4 points a game.
A big reason as to why Teague is having such a good season stems from his development as a shooter over the last couple of years. You can really tell that he put in the time and effort this off-season to become a better player. He already had a pretty good inside game thanks to his signature floater, but now with the inclusion of an outside shot to his arsenal, you have the complete player.
Teams will find it difficult to defend a guy who can do it all. Teague can shoot from long range, mid-range, and in the paint. Not to mention, he can pass too. If Teague continues to play at this high of a level, you can go ahead and include the Hawks in the NBA playoffs this year. His impressive play, combined with the fact that the East is weak right now, provides the perfect opportunity for the Hawks to achieve a higher seed for the playoffs.
The Hawks have a good chance of getting anywhere from the no. 3 seed to the no. 5 seed in the NBA playoffs, and Teague will lead the team there — bank on it.