Bulls player review: Marquis Teague

May, 28, 2013
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Marquis Teague Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesMarquis Teague's season highlight came during Game 7 of their first-round playoff series when he had four points and three assists in 14 minutes against the Nets.

Marquis Teague


2012-13 salary: $857,000 | Age: 20 | Season stats: 2.1 ppg, 1.3 apg

Season recap: Teague had an inconsistent season and that was to be expected for a 19-year-old rookie. He didn't get many minutes most of the year but went through stretches when Tom Thibodeau used him more than others. He proved he has plenty of speed and athleticism to compete at this level but his decision-making and shot selection left plenty to be desired. He will benefit greatly from another summer in the gym under Thibodeau and the Bulls coaching staff.

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Season highlight: After barely playing the last two months of the season, Teague played over 14 meaningful minutes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Brooklyn Nets. Teague had four points, three assists, one steal and one block -- but most importantly, he planted a reminder in Thibodeau's mind that he was not afraid of the big moments.

Season lowlight: Teague struggled to find the floor throughout the season, but especially in January. He barely played and did not register a single point.

Final grades: Regular season: C Postseason: C

Notes: Teague has the quickness to produce at this level but he must work on his jump shot. He was 43-for-113 on the season from the floor but he struggled to knock down anything outside of a few feet with consistency. In order to gain more time in Thibodeau's rotation, Teague must prove he can hit that shot, which will give his teammates more space on the floor in the process.

Quotes: "This was big. This was Game 7 of the playoffs. Don't get any bigger than the playoffs," Teague said after the Game 7 win in Brooklyn. "So to play now, I'd rather play now than the whole season."

What's next?: Teague will be part of the Vegas Summer League the Bulls put together in July. He will head into training camp as the third point guard assuming Derrick Rose is ready to play and Kirk Hinrich is healthy.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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