It was considered a little surprising by some when the Hawks matched a four-year, $32 million offer sheet for Teague this past summer, as they were unable to come to an agreement on an extension with the guard during the early stages of last season. Josh Smith already appeared on the way out, and letting Teague go would have really jump-started a rebuilding effort by the franchise.
Nevertheless, the Hawks felt it necessary to bring him back, and the results so far have been fairly positive. Teague is averaging 16.9 points per game, which is a 2.3-point improvement from last season. He is also averaging 8 assists, leading the No. 1 team in assists per game.
The bad news is his field-goal percentage is only 42 percent with 27 percent shooting from outside, which is not good for a starting point guard.
Perhaps Coach Bud should elect to go the Tony Parker route with the 25-year-old Teague, ditching the three-ball altogether except for wide-open corner looks and focusing on trying to develop his mid-range game and drives to the basket. He is also posting 3.5 turnovers per game, which needs to improve.
With all of that said, Teague is still a very important player and is playing mostly very good basketball for his team, making the $32 million they sunk into him look like a good investment. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement, and with the recent injury to Al Horford, Teague will need to elevate his play if his Hawks hope to maintain the No. 3 seed in the East.