Yes, I said Marquis Teague. Yes, I said big-time NBA player. And I mean it.
First, let me define what I mean by big-time player. Marquis Teague will not necessarily have a Kyrie Irving-type rookie season, dominating the competition and looking like a star game in and game out.
Teague will not lead the league in assists, he will not win any scoring titles, he will not be Chris Paul 2.0.
But what he will be is a solid point guard who can make big plays for a contender.
Playing one year of college ball was more beneficial to Teague than to many other NBA-bound point guards. Teague now has all of the tools to become a very good, if not great, point guard.
In a few years, he will be playing a Darren Collison or Brandon Knight-type role. Or Mario Chalmers on a good night (but a bit better).
Despite what many consider a lackluster freshman campaign, Teague will make his mark on the NBA. And quickly.