Jeff Teague was the third string point guard for the Atlanta Hawks last season, so playing time was not something that he had a lot of. Coming into the league, Teague’s pure point guard skills were questioned by many as his ability to run a team is not up to par. That, of course, led to the idea that he would be best off as a combo guard.
PER36 minutes, Teague averaged six assists, which is more than he averaged in 30 minutes a game in college. Though that was a pleasant surprise, Teague’s scoring, which had not been in question and was his calling card in college (19PPG on 44% shooting from the field and from three), took a significant hit. Of course, he didn’t have a lot of chances to showcase his offensive talents but his shooting percentages of 39% from the floor and 22% were staggering considering the ability he showed during his time in college.
On the other end of the floor, you could tell that Teague was a rookie. He struggled with team schemes and was lost often within the Hawks’ defense. However, Jeff was a solid one-on-one defender thanks to his strong upper body.
Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2009-10 21 ATL NBA 71 3 10.1 .396 .219 .837 0.9 1.7 0.5 0.2 0.7 1.2 3.2
Career NBA 71 3 10.1 .396 .219 .837 0.9 1.7 0.5 0.2 0.7 1.2 3.2
Season MP PER TS% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS
2009-10 719 11.0 .459 5.4 25.1 2.5 1.2 16.7 19.1 96 106 -0.2 0.8 0.6
Career 719 11.0 .459 5.4 25.1 2.5 1.2 16.7 19.1 96 106 -0.2 0.8 0.6
Teague did show some value offensively last season by excelling in the Hawks’ most efficient play set. Transition buckets. The Hawks are a young and athletic team and Jeff fits right in with that style. Teague scored 1.39 points per possession in transition last season which was the 26th best mark in the league. Jeff showed creativity when finishing at the rim, with somebody around him or not, and this is a bright spot going forward for the Hawks.
Of course, you need not delve further into his offensive statistics to find some more bright spots because if you do you might cringe in disbelief. According to HoopData, Teague shot 11% from 10-15 feet and 35% from 16-23 feet. That’s about as low as you will see a shooting percentage.
Teague’s defensive rating of 106 isn’t horrible but it isn’t great either. In isolation sets, Jeff was above average, holding his opponents to just 34% shooting and .63 points per possession, the 10th lowest number in the league. That sterling number is offset by his poor defense on spot-up shooters and his iffy handling of most pick and rolls.
Offense: 3 out of 10: Teague was a flat out scorer in college and shot a great percentage from three-point range. However, because Mike Bibby and Jamal Crawford spent the majority of time at point guard, Jeff didn’t get a lot of playing time and in his limited minutes, he was pretty bad. There’s a decent chance that he becomes a better offensive player as his career moves forward but right now he isn’t very good.
Defense: 2 out of 10: Jeff’s ability to defend his man one-on-one shows that he has a lot of potential but we will have to wait for his team defense to come along, as is the case with most young point guards.
Overall: 5 out of 20: Teague has the potential to be a nice point guard in his career but the situation he is in isn’t exactly ideal for a young player. For now, the third string point guard is what Teague is and he won’t be much until he gets a promotion from that role which may require Mike Bibby declining or retiring or a change in scenery.