Jeff Teague Must Pick Up His Production For Atlanta Hawks

By Andrew Shaw
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

As of recent, Jeff Teague is not playing too well for the Atlanta Hawks. Since returning from an ankle injury he suffered in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Teague just hasn’t quite looked like the player Atlanta fans have become accustomed to in the early going this season.

In five games since his return to the starting lineup, he’s shown signs of promise with three good efforts against the New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. He distributed the ball at a very high rate in all three games to help guide the Hawks to a 2-1 record in those contests as he recorded eight or more assists in all three. However, where Teague is really struggling right now is his ability to score the basketball consistently.

He just can’t seem to find any kind of rhythm shooting the ball from anywhere on the floor right now. Even in his best game against the Timberwolves where he scored 19 points, he went 6-for-15 from the field to get to that mark. 40 percent from the field is not necessarily that bad, but when you look at his shooting percentage over the last five games this really shows how much he’s struggling to get hot from anywhere on the court. Teague is shooting an abysmal 37 percent from the field, which includes going 2-for-8 from the three-point line.

When he manages to score he impacts the game in a big way as evidenced by the Hawks’ 2-1 record when he scores in double-figures. However, when he doesn’t provide the production on the offensive end, it is killing Atlanta’s chances of winning games. Especially when you consider all the injuries to important players, this means Teague must be the one to pick up his production if the Hawks want to be successful going forward. Paul Millsap is carrying the team on his back and now it’s time for his teammate to hold up his end of the bargain.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for Follow him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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