In the 2012 NBA draft the Chicago Bulls drafted Kentucky Wildcats’ point guard Marquis Teague. I felt that the Bulls made a great choice for a team that did not move up in the draft as I had originally hoped. Once the selection was made, there were moans about the Bulls choosing a backup point guard over their biggest need at shooting guard?
First off, who knows when, or if, Derrick Rose will return to form?
Why not roll the dice on a player who many draft gurus had going in the teens to early-20s in the draft? Teague is quick, with decent court awareness and helped lead the Wildcats to an NCAA title.
With a total of six Wildcats taken in the draft, Teague had the keys to the ignition in Kentucky for an NBA-type of college team.
Of the shooting guards that were available, Memphis’ Will Barton and Doron Lamb (who was Teague’s Wildcat teammate), neither brings to the table a cure for what ails the Bulls the most.
The Bulls need shot-creators first and shot-makers second.
Without a player to deliver the ball to his Bulls’ teammates, who is going to score points?
Teague brings that dynamic to the Bulls. Teague will need some time to develop as he is only 19 years of age. There are questions about his shooting touch and his decision-making, but the Bulls can afford to allow Teague to learn on the job. There are no huge expectations for the Bulls going into the 2012-13 season.
Teague could turn out to be what the Bulls needed all along: an athletic guard that can get to the basket at will, and is as explosive a leaper as anyone in the draft. Teague is the anti-C.J. Watson. And he has an edge to him. Teague made perfect sense for the Bulls.
Painting a picture with a broad, futuristic brush, if Teague "gets it” early by playing good defense and finding his teammates for good shot opportunities, he could threaten for Rookie of the Year honors. He could also partner with Rose and the two of them would become a smallish but freakish backcourt. One that is similar to what the Bucks have with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Or what the Celtics will have with Rajon Rondo and a returning Avery Bradley.
The Bulls could have gone with Barton or Lamb, but who would get them the ball?
I would rather have Teague backing up a veteran point guard while he learns the system over a rookie shooting guard who cannot create plays for others. With the 29th pick of the 2012 NBA draft, the Bulls decided to go with the future and not allow the past to affect the present state of their team.