Jeff Teague Would Be a Bad Fit on the New York Knicks

By Kellin Bliss
Jeff Teague dribbles against the Knicks
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The New York Knicks want to upgrade at the point guard position, and Atlanta HawksJeff Teague is the newest name of interest for the struggling Knicks. He’d certainly represent an upgrade over Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Beno Udrih, but he is still a bad fit on this Knicks roster.

Unless the Knicks change their style of play, Teague will be introduced to a perimeter-based offense that revolves around Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks attempt the sixth most three pointers per game in the NBA and shoot the fewest free throws per game. Teague shoots 25.6 percent from long range, making just .7 three-pointers per game. Felton is a terrible shooter, but he is still better than Teague, shooting 30.4 percent on the season from long range. Teague, though, gets to the free-throw line 4.9 times per game and knocks them down at an 83.2 percent clip. His free-throw attempts per game would be the second-highest on the Knicks behind Anthony.

From that you could say that Teague would come in and provide a more of an attack game to the Knicks’ approach. The problem with that is he isn’t the top-tier type of point guard the Knicks need to call off Anthony. He won’t be able to control the offense the way he does in Atlanta. He would play a lot of off the ball basketball and would wind up shooting a lot more outside shots than he should be.

And if you disagree for basketball reasons, Teague will earn $8 million a season for the next three seasons after this year. While you may consider that a bargain for a 25-year-old point guard averaging a career high 15.6 points per game to go with a career high 7.2 assists per game, the Knicks need to get prepared for the 2015 offseason when they would have cap room to go after big-name free agents.

Kellin Bliss is a New York Knicks writer for Follow him on Twitter or “Like” him on Facebook.

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