Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Sometimes the massive weight of a new contract, attached with great expectations, can be a heavy burden.
Jeff Teague has proven in the past to be a special player with huge potential, which is a big reason the Hawks decided to sign him to a four-year, $32-million contract extension.
Perhaps it is part this, combined with trying to learn the system of rookie head coach Mike Budenholzer, that would explain his struggles this year.
Whatever the reason, Teague is too talented to be mired in this slump for much longer.
I predict that he will have a few phenomenal shooting nights from the three-point line, increasing his mark to at least 34 percent by season’s end, and will hike his scoring average to at least 19 points per game.
It is a bold prediction, but the Hawks clearly have a lot of confidence in Teague, and I believe that he will rise to the occasion in the final 31 games.