When the Bulls were addressing who the best man was to select, the preferred players were generally shooting guards or combo guards. With the hole at the two guard still not filled and Derrick Rose out with an ACL injury, going after those positions were the right move.
Some players the Bulls were rumored to draft were Memphis’ Will Barton, Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins, and Kentucky’s Doron Lamb. On Draft Day, rumor was that the Bulls would not select any of the aforementioned men. Rather, kansas’ senior point guard Tyshawn Taylor would be selected as the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft as reported by NBC Sports Network’s Vin Parise.
When the Bulls were finally on the clock for the 29th pick, Taylor was still free to take, but many people projected him as a second round pick. After the pick was in and David Stern announced the selection, many NBA fans were surprised to hear Kentucky’s Marquis Teague’s name.
Bulls management was shocked to see that Teague was still available, so it was a shock to all. Now the question is did they make the right choice? Should they have selected Doron Lamb? Did the Bulls win or lose?
Marquis Teague was a 19 year-old freshman point guard from the University of Kentucky. Being so young seems like a potential issue, but he has plenty of experience for only one season.
Teague played and started all 40 games for the Kentucky Wildcats in their championship season. Over his freshman (and only) season, he averaged 10.0 points, 4.8 assists (a team-high/second best in the SEC), 2.5 rebounds, and 0.9 steals a game. Teague is also notable for his speed and ability to penetrate.
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau feels “[Teague's] quickness in transition and ability to get into the paint is a big plus.”
“He’s a really strong, athletic driver. He’s a pass-first point guard. Going to Kentucky helped him a lot. He’s just a really explosive player. He can shoot it, drive it. He’s a really hard worker. I was surprised that he became a great defender because he really never played defense in high school. The way he defended at Kentucky really impressed me.”
Teague has much talent, but he will also have to improve the most with shooting and ball-handling. He shot 41.2% from the field, 32.5% on threes, and 71.4% on free throws while averaging 2.7 turnovers. The turnovers definitely need to decrease a lot, and although they are not horridly terrifying, the percentages need to improve.
Overall, the benefits Teague can provide will assist the Bulls while Rose is sitting on the sidelines. He can then improve with playing time, and once Rose returns, can improve even more with veteran help.
Marquis Teague is young, and he has his flaws, but this pick by the Bulls is much more a win than it is a loss.