07 June 2012
They're have been many rumblings as of late regarding the Chicago Bulls trading a couple of their pieces to bring in another All-Star player. Well, I think that they may be just as well suited to move up in the draft and completely protect the PG spot with Marquis Teague -- someone who would be a top 10 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Marquis Teague, not to be confused with Jeff Teague, his bother, won a national championship this past season playing for the University of Kentucky Wildcats alongside the likes of Anthony Davis (this years consensus No. 1 pick), Terrence Jones (possible lottery pick), Doron Lamb (late-first to early-second) and Darius Miller (mid-second).
Marquis is a 6'2" 190 pound pure point guard with elite quickness who can flat out score. He's one of the longest pure point guards in this draft. Teague is a winner that most definitely knows how to run a ball club and is someone that I think can step in right away and start for the Bulls. I think that Teague could be an upgrade over C.J. Watson -- who may be waived this off-season anyway. And of course, the biggest factor on every-one's mind is the state of Derrick Rose and the timetable for his return to basketball coming off of the torn Left ACL he suffered in April.
The Bulls could move a C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer or Jimmy Butler packaged with thier No. 29 pick and move up at least 5 spots. Plenty of playoff teams could use C.J. Watson as a back-up point guard and third guard. Whereas, Ronnie Brewer would fit nicely on a Boston Celtics team that needs athleticism, size, depth and defense.
Marquis Teague is alike Darren Collison. Collison was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets to be a long term back-up for Chris Paul a few years back. It just so happens that that season was the year that CP3 went down with a knee injury early and Collison had to be the starter. Darren ended up averaging 18 points and 9 assists as the starter for the Hornets. Pretty good, eh?
From what I noted above, Teague could be our Darren Collison and the long term back-up and eventual sixth man in Chicago. If that doesn't work out, then maybe GM Gar Forman could move Teague for another piece. Only time will tell.
Bottom line here is that Teague is a player and has the potential to be the best point guard selected in this draft when it's all said and done. He has more upside and is younger than Damian Lillard (the current top PG in the 2012 draft class) and is a much better scorer and is quicker than Kendall Marshall (UNC's Ricky Rubio).
Let's hope that the Bulls can see what they can do and consider the situation. They may have to guarantee him, much like Oklahoma City guaranteed G Reggie Jackson last year at this time.