It might be time for the Brooklyn Nets to give Marquis Teague a fair shot. This is all dependent on if Shaun Livingston leaves as a free agent, of course.
Teague is an interesting player. He is the younger brother of Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, and seems to have more talent than his older brother. Teague was acquired in a trade that involved former Tornike Shengelia. In that trade, the Nets were also able to get rid of Tyshawn Taylor, who just wasn’t a fit anymore.
Still only 21 years old, Teague has the benefit of working with one of the greatest point guards in league history as his coach, and Deron Williams, a top-tier point guard when he’s healthy. He is an amazing athlete, posting a 40.5-inch vertical at the 2012 NBA Draft Combine, and is extremely quick. His first step is amazing, but that is essentially all his game is right now.
Teague will have to improve immensely through in Summer League and show that he’s capable of handling big-time minutes as the backup point guard. As of right now, he’ll be competing with Jorge Gutierrez for that job if Livingston leaves in free agency. Teague needs to improve mostly on his jump shot and his ability to stay in front of his man on defense. He has quick enough hands that he can steal the ball — he just needs to stay in front of his opponents.
Teague was a misfit in Chicago mostly because Tom Thibodeau ran a system that didn’t fit his skillset. In Brooklyn, with a team that runs a fast-paced offense, Teague can take advantage of that and flourish, maybe becoming as good as his brother.