2012 NBA Draft: Chicago Bulls Draft Marquis Teague

6/29/12 in NBA   |   Presslp   |   9 respect

And with the 29th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, The Chicago Bulls select...



Marquis Teague Kentucky University.

At the time, the pick made sense. The Bulls need to bolster their backcourt with more athletic players, and Teague has young legs that can penetrate. Derrick Rose will be shut down until after the All-Star break and probably won't play starter's minutes until the end of the regular season, so Teague gives them much needed depth at point guard until Rose comes back.

Pair that with the fact that he was arguably the best perimeter player still available, and the decision becomes a no-brainer.

But what about the cons?

The problem with the Bulls picking a point guard is that once Derrick Rose comes back, unless Teague proves he Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Marquis Teague (25) hits a three point shot over Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) during the second half of the finals in the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIREdeserves to play second string (a tall order, as head coach Tom Thibodeau tends to shy away from giving rookies responsibility) he'll be the next John Lucas III and struggle for playing time unless the Bulls' back court is somehow thinned again.

What's more, Teague is a relatively poor perimeter shooter (though he did shoot 32% from downtown). He's known as a slasher that gets in the lane, and with Luol Deng playing the same style the Bulls only have Rip Hamilton (and Kyle Korver, if he returns) to provide support from the outside. With that shortcoming, Teague can't even back-up at the shooting guard position once Rose returns. He's also only 6'2".

The greater question is whether or not current back-up point guard CJ Watson returns. If he does, Watson will start, and Teague will come off the bench.

More likely, though, is that with Teague's signing the Bulls won't pick up Watson's option and look for a cheaper combo guard, like Kirk Hinrich who can play both back court positions.

In any case, if Teague can somehow improve his jump shot and gain Thibodeau's trust, the Bulls may have found a talented perimeter player they can count on for a very long time.
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