After a sub-par college stint at Kentuckey and a rather disappointing rookie season last year, Marquis Teague led the Bulls’ Summer League team to a 4-1 record in Las Vegas. For the first time since high school Teague was a stud and proved to the haters (including myself) that he can actually improve his game.
Because of Teague’s ability to create and get to the basket, something fans saw only glimpses of last season, he became somewhat of a nuisance to the opposing team’s defense. And, unlike last year, he was able to knock down the open shot. Teague looked confident and appeared to play with a chip on his shoulder, as if he knew he was the best on the court. In thirty minutes Teague averaged 18.3 points, 4.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds, and shot 6 of 8 beyond the arc.
Given Teague is expected to dominate most non-NBA players, I find it hard to be impressed. I do, however, think that this is a step in the right direction.
Teague’s biggest challenge will be to prove that he can carry this action and confidence into actual NBA defenses. If he can do that, look for Teague to get more than the 8 minutes per game he got last year. I even think he can be first off the bench ahead of Captain Kirk, depending on the opponent. They can also play Rose at the 2 guard position while Teague runs the point guard position. The ability to have a back court where both guards can get to the basket and create could be very dangerous.
For the sake of the Chicago Bulls, let’s hope Teague’s Summer League performance will translate at the NBA level.