Slowly but surely, Marquis Teague has developed into a very serviceable point guard for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Much maligned at the beginning of the season for his turnovers and inconsistent play, it seems that Teague is finally learning his role and can thrive in Kentucky’s offense.
I still think he can do better.
Let me say, I’ve been a Teague supporter from the beginning. I knew he would eventually grow into his role and I wasn’t too worried, but now that he has made progress, I am ready for him to take his game a step further.
Teague has shown that he can be a great scorer, but at the beginning of the season, Coach Calipari seemed to insinuate that the Wildcats didn’t need another scorer and that Teague should focus on passing the ball instead of shooting it.
That was true. Then.
Now? I’m ready for Teague to start scoring.
His game against the Vanderbilt Commodores (the first time the two teams played—Feb. 11) was the prototype for the player Teague can be—13 points, eight assists, four rebounds and one turnover.
From the beginning, Teague was driving into the lane and either converting layups or hitting open teammates.
Since Teague is used to being a scorer and getting into the lane, the game flows better for him when he is doing just that. If Teague can penetrate more, he will get his points while also setting up his teammates.
After all, Kentucky does run the dribble-drive offense that encourages any player to take the ball to the basket whenever there is a lane.
Teague absolutely does not have to score 20 points a night, but to keep him happy and engaged with the flow of the game, 12-14 points would be ideal.