The Nets have landed Marquis Teague in a minor trade that will be finalized Tuesday. So where does he fit in Brooklyn?
Expect him to see some minutes at backup point guard, likely more than Tyshawn Taylor had been seeing. Shaun Livingston has proven he should be on the floor for a significant amount of time, and with Deron Williams likely returning Monday, the Nets backup point and starting point could be on the floor together, providing minutes for the back-up, assuming Jason Kidd trusts him.
Once settled, he could be the one who gives Williams or Livingston a blow and manage the offense. How does he differ from, who was sent to New Orleans in a separate deal?
Actually, there's not that much difference between the two. Teague is three years younger than Taylor, but neither have gotten much time to prove themselves in the league ...Teague may have gotten a little more opportunity than Taylor, but not much. Over a year-and-a-half, Teague has played in 67 games for the Bulls, averaging two points, one assist and shooting 33% from the floor. Taylor has played similar in 69 career games with the Nets. He is averaging nearly three points per game and less than one assist on 35% shooting.
Both have had several stints in the D-League this season. Teague averaging 12 points and four assists in eight games for the Iowa Energy. Taylor, on the other hand has only played two games for the Springfield Armor despite being sent down their often. He averaged nine points and four assists.
Teague does have issues with his jumper and has made questionable decisions on the floor, so expect him not to play major minutes in Brooklyn, just short bursts mainly because he is quick.
Teague left Kentucky after his freshman year, winning the national championship. That quickness, athleticism and defense marked his Draft Express profile...
Teague's physical attributes stand out immediately as among his most impressive attributes, as he has good size and excellent athleticism for the point guard position. Continuing to play with the very fast pace style he was known for prior to stepping foot in Lexington, Teague's blazing speed was on full display all year long, where he played as crucial a role as anyone in Kentucky's highly efficient fast break.
Maybe a change of scenery is for the best as it seems that Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau gave up on Teague.
"Yeah, it was tough at times,’’ Teague told writers Saturday. "It seemed I was trying to figure out what he wanted me to do on the floor, and sometimes I struggled with it. But I can’t worry about the past anymore. That is what it is. I just have to look for the future and be ready for my next situation.’
But Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times quotes a source saying Thibodeau didn’t believe Teague worked as hard as some of the other young players.
On the record, Thibodeau offered a positive assessment.
"He's had some good moments. He's had some moments that obviously he could do better, but that's to be expected," he said. "When you come into this league as young as he is that's what you're going to get. I think he's much further along today than he was when he was first drafted, and he's done a good job overall," said the Bulls coach.
"When the opportunity came sometimes I didn't play as well as I probably should have ..." Teague admitted.
Taylor also didn't seem to be in the best odor on Brooklyn's roster. Even after Williams went down with an injured ankle and no other natural point guard besides him available, Taylor played only 14 and 55 seconds in two games.
One other difference: Teague is owed $1.21 million next season, Taylor can be free agent.
In the 2012 draft, the Bulls were on the clock and were thought to take Taylor with the #29 pick. However, they changed their minds late and went with Teague, leaving Taylor available for the Nets twelve picks later.
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