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Marquis Teague was drafted to the best team of all of the Kentucky players. The Chicago Bulls used the 29th overall selection of the first round to add Teague to their roster.
This pick fills a short-term need for Chicago, as team leader Derrick Rose is expected to miss up to half of next season while recovering from a leg injury. Therefore, the point guard position is up for grabs while Rose it out.
However, there is competition for the spot. Current backup point guard C.J. Watson has played well as the team's primary backup to Rose, as has guard John Lucas. Both guards are NBA veterans and are well versed in coach Tom Thibodeau's system.
With that being said, Marquis Teague is a much more exciting prospect than either of those players. His excellent blend of quickness, floor vision and finishing ability gives the team a superb athlete at the position. Teague is a much better all-around athlete than either Watson or Lucas, so this gives him a leg up.
Therefore, it is imperative that Teague takes advantage of this opportunity to impress the team. Whoever takes the reigns of the point guard duties will likely become the team's primary backup and first guard off the bench once Rose returns.
If Teague can claim this position, then he will receive 15-20 minutes per game on a championship contending team, giving Marquis the chance to gain valuable playoff experience at an early age. He brings a level of athleticism that the other guards simply do not have. One possible lineup could feature him playing point guard and Rose slotted as a shooting guard. This would give the Bulls an incredibly athletic and quick backcourt that would excel in transition.
However, the competition for this spot will be fierce and Teague could lose his spot in the rotation if he struggles early out of the gates. If this happens, then expect Marquis to receive spot minutes and to be buried on the bench during crunch time.
There is an opportunity to play in Chicago, but it will come during his first days as a NBA rookie. If Teague takes advantage of this, then he will be well on his way towards an exciting and successful early basketball career.