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Bulls draft hits and misses of Forman era

June, 26, 2014
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BullsGetty ImagesIn their last three drafts the Bulls have had a hit (Jimmy Butler), a miss (Marquis Teague) and a work in progress (Tony Snell).
CHICAGO -- James Johnson's biggest claim to fame as a Chicago Bull had nothing to do with anything he accomplished on the basketball court.

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Johnson, who was Gar Forman's first selection as Bulls GM in 2009, didn't turn out to be the player the organization wanted. But he did serve as Derrick Rose's personal protector one night in Oklahoma City during the 2009-10 season.

The Bulls were staying at the Skirvin Hotel, accommodations with a documented history of ghost activity. Rose, who on the verge of playing in his first All-Star Game, took no chances. He roomed with Johnson because of Johnson's martial arts background.

"We were watching [out for] each other," Rose said with a laugh at the time. "We were just up on the computer, just talking. Just having fun the whole night."

While Johnson's tenure didn't produce solid results, Forman and his staff have hit on several other picks in the last five years.

Let's take a look back at some of the Bulls' recent selections:


2009


James Johnson (16th): Miss
He never flourished under Vinny Del Negro and couldn't find consistent minutes in the rotation. He was dealt early in Tom Thibodeau's first season. Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson and Jeff Teague were the three players drafted right after him.

Taj Gibson (26th): Hit
He has developed into one of the most consistent defensive players in the game. Gibson is one of Thibodeau's favorite players because of how hard he works on both ends of the floor.


2010



The Bulls didn't make a pick. They traded the rights to 17th pick Kevin Seraphin as part of the deal that sent Kirk Hinrich to the Washington Wizards. The Bulls wanted to clear out as much space as they could in order to land LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and/or Chris Bosh. The Bulls ended up with Carlos Boozer.


2011


Nikola Mirotic (23): TBD
The Bulls moved up to snag the lanky forward from Real Madrid. He has yet to play a game in the NBA, but is considered one of the best prospects in Europe. The Bulls are still hopeful that he will come over this summer and help them next season.

Jimmy Butler (30): Hit
Like Gibson, Butler was a late-round pick who has turned himself into one of the best defenders in the league. Butler has put a lot of heart into his game and is respected by teammates and coaches because of his work ethic. His biggest issue remains the lack of a consistent jump shot. Still, he was a solid pick late in the draft and a player that many teams missed on.


2012


Marquis Teague 29: Miss
The strange part about Teague's selection is that while the Bulls worked out a slew of different players before the draft, Teague wasn't one of them. They liked his upside, but he did not do well in Thibodeau's system. He showed flashes of promise, but he never showed much of a jump shot. He was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets last season after barely playing most of the season.


2013


Tony Snell 20: TBD
This pick could haunt Forman for a while. Snell showed some promise in his first season, but he never got consistent minutes behind Butler. The Bulls badly needed a backup big man, but Forman decided against selecting Gorgui Dieng and Mason Plumlee, both of whom had solid rookie seasons. Tim Hardaway Jr., who was taken four slots after Snell, also had a nice year for the New York Knicks. Snell still has time to turn into a solid piece, but the first returns weren't as promising for a team that was already in good shape with its wings.

Teague: I wasn't clicking with Thibodeau

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NEW YORK -- Marquis Teague kind of had a feeling a trade was coming.

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D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesMarquis Teague says he wasn't a good fit in Tom Thibodeau's system.
"I wasn't really shocked," said Teague, who practiced for the first time Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets. "I knew a lot of changes were being made around there, so I was kind of prepared."

Teague, 20, was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2012 draft. Unfortunately, it didn't work out.

"It just wasn't clicking with Thibs [Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau] the right way," Teague said. "Just trying to figure out the system was kind of tough for me. The way they play isn't really my style, so it's kind of difficult for me. But I've got a new start now, so I'm just looking forward to the future."

What is Teague's style?

"I like to push the ball, play fast, get up and down, play off pick-and-rolls," he said. "Over there, it's more structure and sets and things like that."

Teague might be able to have success in Nets coach Jason Kidd's free-flowing offense.

"I think it's going to be great," Teague said of being able to learn from Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston. "I just know I'm coming in here to work hard."

Teague says he has patterned his game after Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and Baron Davis, quick guards who can play off the dribble and get into the lane.

Because the deal couldn't be made official until Tuesday (the NBA offices were closed Monday), Teague actually had to dress and sit on the bench with the Bulls on Monday versus the Lakers.

"That was kind of awkward, but I had to do it," he said. "I think they didn't have enough bodies, so they just asked me to do it. I was like, that's fine. [My teammates] were making jokes about it, like, 'How are you on the other team, but you're still here?'"

Hinrich out; Bulls will bring back James

January, 21, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) did not travel with the Bulls to Cleveland in advance of Wednesday night's game against the Cavaliers.

To fill Hinrich's place on the roster, the Bulls will re-sign veteran Mike James on a 10-day contract, according to a league source. James made the Bulls' roster out of training camp and managed to earn a role as Hinrich's backup after Derrick Rose went down Nov. 22 with another season-ending knee injury.

But a knee sprain hurt James' chances of sticking in the rotation and he was waived early in December so that second year point guard Marquis Teague could get some more time.

Teague's stint in Tom Thibodeau's rotation was short, though. He was replaced quickly by veteran D.J. Augustin who has played very well since signing with the Bulls last month. Augustin is expected to start in Hinrich's place.

The Chicago Tribune earlier reported that the Bulls would re-sign James.

Bulls trade Teague for Shengelia

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CHICAGO -- The Brooklyn Nets have acquired guard Marquis Teague from Chicago for Toko Shengelia.

The Bulls announced the move Tuesday after reports surfaced over the weekend.

The 6-foot-9 Shengelia has appeared in 17 games for the Nets this season, averaging 1.5 points in just over eight minutes. The native of Tbilisi, Georgia, has played in 36 NBA games over two years.

Teague was drafted by the Bulls in the first round (29th overall) in the 2012 draft. In 68 regular-season games, he has averaged 2.1 points and 1.3 assists per game. Teague gives Brooklyn another option at point guard, where Deron Williams has been sitting out with ankle problems.

Opening Tip: Teague happy to be back

January, 16, 2014
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Marquis Teague is happy to be back in an NBA locker room. The second-year point guard returned to the Chicago Bulls' bench Wednesday night after spending close to a month in the D-League.

"It was good," Teague said of his D-League experience. "It just felt good to really get out there and get a chance to play. Go out there and play my game and just have some fun."

Teague admitted he lost some of his confidence over the past few months. He struggled to find a regular place in coach Tom Thibodeau's rotation since the season began.

"Yeah, you lose your rhythm," he said. "A lot of things. It's kind of like you just got to stay in the gym as much as you can, keep working. But it's tough. It's easier said than done. It's tough."

Thibodeau was asked before the game whether Teague's lack of development is hurting the Bulls' long-term point guard development.

"I guess you guys take a much broader view than I do," he said. "I'm just worried about tonight and [Thursday]. That's it. Anytime you have a young player ... Marquis has had some good moments too. He's still very young. We look at [Erik Murphy] the same way. You're usually going to play eight or nine guys. The guys who aren't in the rotation have to stay ready. You never know. You're an injury or foul trouble away from being in there. You're trying to figure out what's best for the team first. Then you look at the player and ask yourself if he would benefit from playing in a few games down there. That's what we do. At the end of the season, we'll look at where he is and go from there."

For his part, Teague said the biggest thing he learned in the D-League was to just try to stay aggressive. He said he kept in touch with Bulls players, coaches and front-office executives during his stint with the Iowa Energy.

"They just want me to go out there and get some confidence going and just get some minutes," Teague said of the front office's message. "That's just my opportunity to play, and I tried to use it as that and just grow as a player."

Murphy to the D-League?: With Teague back on the Bulls' roster, Thibodeau hinted again that Murphy, a rookie, might be headed to the D-League soon.

"We'll take a look at it," Thibodeau said. "And things have to match up in terms of where we are in terms of what we need in practice and also where they are in terms of where they are with their games. It worked out; I believe Marquis played in eight games, so that was good. It was a short amount of time for him to be away but a lot of games. So that was good."

The last word: Bulls forward Taj Gibson on bouncing back physically and mentally from another triple-overtime game: "Well, we got a day and a half. [We'll] get some rest. But most importantly, we've got guys that just live in the gym. I went to the gym [Tuesday] night. Tony Snell lives in the gym. We've got guys [who are] really hungry to get better and stay in the gym. So I bet a lot of guys will be in the gym [Thursday] to get ready for this next game."

The last word, Part II: Thibodeau on Jimmy Butler's performance on Wednesday night: "Jimmy, 60 minutes, named after a TV show, I guess. He was awesome."

Thibodeau also noted that his favorite TV show is "60 Minutes."

Bulls recall Teague from D-League

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ORLANDO -- The Chicago Bulls recalled second-year guard Marquis Teague from the D-League and is expected to be available to play Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

Teague was originally sent down to the D-League on Dec. 3, only to be recalled the same day because veteran Mike James injured his knee. He went down a second time on Dec. 26 and played in eight games for the Iowa Energy, averaging 12 points a contest.

Teague will be looking for minutes behind veterans Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin, who was picked up after being waived by the Toronto Raptors and has fit in nicely off the Bulls' bench.

Bulls sign Martin to 10-day contract

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The Chicago Bulls signed forward Cartier Martin to a 10-day contract on Friday.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Martin has played parts of six NBA seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. He played in 25 games with the Hawks this season, averaging 6.6 points in 17.5 minutes per game.

"We're excited to have him," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He's worked his way into the league. He came up the hard way. We like that about him. He can play multiple positions, and he's shown that he can shoot the 3."

Thibodeau also noted that Martin wouldn't likely be used on Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks: "If we do play him, it would be in a very limited package, and it would be out of necessity today. We'll get him acclimated. We talked about the possibility of picking him up, and I think the sooner he gets here and gets started, the better. But I think he's a good fit for us."

Martin, who played at Kansas State, was selected by the Iowa Energy in the 2008 NBA Developmental League draft.

Thibodeau also addressed second-year point guard Marquis Teague's return to the Bulls roster after a stint in the D-League. While Thibodeau didn't put an exact timeframe on it, he made it seem as if Teague would be back sooner than later. He also hinted that rookie Erik Murphy may make a D-League stint in order to get more playing time.

"Right now, we want him to keep playing," Thibodeau said of Teague. "We think that's important. I think we're going to use it on [Murphy], too. I like what Marquis has done down there. He's had some good games. It gives him a chance to get into actual game situations, so I think it's been a big plus, and I like what the result has been."

Bulls send Teague back to D-League

December, 26, 2013
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The Chicago Bulls have sent second-year point guard Marquis Teague back to the D-League.

The move does not come as a surprise given the fact that veteran Kirk Hinrich returned to action on Wednesday after missing the last five games because of a back injury.

This marks the second time in the last month that Teague, who was the 29th pick in the 2012 draft, has been sent down to the Iowa Energy, the Bulls' D-League affiliate. He never played a game for Iowa the first time, turning around as soon as he got there because former Bulls guard Mike James had a sprained knee.

With veteran D.J. Augustin playing well and Hinrich back, there was little chance Teague was going to see meaningful minutes. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has said several times that Teague's demotion shouldn't be viewed as a 'punishment' -- more as a chance to get extra playing time.

"I think we knew when we drafted him he was a 19-year-old kid," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said earlier this month on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "He's 20 now. And I think we've seen potential; he's a talented kid, he had a really good summer. I thought he did some good things in the preseason. There hasn't been a lot of time for him. Tom and I discussed it and John (Paxson) over the weekend. And our thought was let's get him to our D-League affiliate and give him some time on the floor. But in our minds, it's not a long-term thing. And it's something we may do several times throughout the season. Send him down for a game or two, or three to get some time and then bring him back. But we still think there's a lot of potential there and we just want to see him continue to grow as a player."

Teague, who is averaging 2.4 points and 1.5 assists this season, has struggled with his jump shot and confidence during his second season in the NBA.

Augustin almost goes the distance for Bulls

December, 21, 2013
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CHICAGO -- D.J. Augustin got his indoctrination into Tom Thibodeau-style basketball with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. After playing 46 minutes, 24 seconds in a 100-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Augustin had to leave the game because he had a cramp in his hamstring. Such is life when you're playing for one of the most demanding -- and successful -- coaches in the league. After all that Augustin and the Bulls have been through over the past couple weeks, the veteran guard happily gutted a great performance out.

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David Banks/USA TODAY SportsIn the span of two weeks, D.J. Augustin went from a backup for the Toronto Raptors to the Bulls' starting point guard.
"It's hard," Augustin admitted after scoring 18 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds. "Your body's not ready for that."

In the span of two weeks, Augustin has gone from a little-used backup for the Toronto Raptors to the starting point guard for a Bulls team that has been in disarray because of injuries. In the process, Augustin has solidified his position as the backup point guard of the near future for the Bulls. He has been able to run the offense, knock down shots and get his teammates involved -- all the things that Thibodeau has been searching for in a point guard since Derrick Rose went down Nov. 22.

"He's been great, just the way he plays," Thibodeau said. "He plays with a lot of poise. There's a good pace to him. He knows how to read things really well. He reads when guys are coming off screens and being defended. He has the ability to pass on time and on target. He has guys in rhythm."

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Rapid Reaction: Bulls 100, Cavaliers 84

December, 21, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 100-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at the United Center.

How it happened: D.J. Augustin played 46 minutes in this one, while scoring 18 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing five rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 19 points and nine rebounds while Tony Snell chipped in with 17 points, as the Bulls played without Kirk Hinrich (back stiffness), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Jimmy Butler (ankle). Andrew Bynum led the Cavs with 19 points and seven rebounds.

What it means: After struggling for weeks, the Bulls' offense finally put together a solid performance Saturday night. The key for coach Tom Thibodeau is that Augustin has solidified his backup point guard spot. The veteran, who was picked up a little more than a week ago, got his teammates involved in the offense and confidently knocked down shots. With Marquis Teague still struggling, Augustin has given the Bulls a consistent option and should get plenty of minutes, even when Hinrich returns.

Hits: The Bulls were 10-for-15 from beyond the arc.

Misses: The Bulls turned the ball over 21 times.

Stat of the night: The Bulls shot 53.6 percent from the field.

What's next: The Bulls have a few days off before traveling to face off against the Brooklyn Nets on Christmas day.

Hinrich (back) questionable vs. Rockets

December, 17, 2013
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich is questionable to play against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday.

Hinrich, who is averaging 8.6 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds, has missed the Bulls' past two games because of back stiffness.

"I don't know," Thibodeau said of Hinrich's status after Tuesday's practice at the Berto Center. "If he improves again, there's a possibility. So, we'll see [Wednesday]. I don't want to speculate and say it looks good or it looks bad. He's better today. He did shooting today, which is a good sign."

Thibodeau said he hasn't decided on a starting point guard against the Rockets if Hinrich can't play.

Marquis Teague started at point guard against the Orlando Magic on Monday and had zero points and zero assists in 11 minutes. D.J. Augustin came off the bench and had 14 points and eight assists in 37 minutes.

"I thought he played very, very well," Thibodeau said of Augustin.

The Bulls are entering a two-game road trip against the Rockets on Wednesday and in Oklahoma City on Thursday.

Choppy guard play only helps doom Bulls

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CHICAGO -- On a night when Marquis Teague was the best Chicago Bulls guard, the results were predictable.

Faced with the challenge of the Detroit Pistons’ menacing inside game, led by Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Bulls were going to need their guards to tip the scales in the team’s favor Saturday. And the lightweight backcourt play didn’t deliver.

The play of the guards, though, was only one of a myriad of issues that plagued the Bulls in a 92-75 defeat. It was the Bulls’ season low in points this season and the lowest since they scored 72 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in February.

In addition to the issues the guards had on offense, protecting the 3-point line was another problem as the Pistons went 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from long range.

Teague seems to have been scared straight after the ultimate motivation tactic earlier in the week, when he was sent down the NBA Development League for about an hour and then recalled. He still doesn’t look like a former first-round draft pick, but he was good enough against the Pistons to shoot 4-of-8 from the field, score 10 points and dish out three assists.

Starting point guard Kirk Hinrich, on the other hand, had three points on 1-of-7 shooting, along with four assists, but his 36 minutes were more than double what Teague played.

Asked about his guard play, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t exonerate the group, instead choosing to spread around the blame.

“It was choppy because we changed the starting lineup and it also changed the second unit,” Thibodeau said about going with Taj Gibson because Luol Deng was out with a sore Achilles tendon. “I thought we were just starting to get a good rhythm, but that changed.

“That being said, the responsibility of getting back, making multiple efforts to get in and get out and cover the line and rebound.

“I thought rebounding hurt us, I thought not covering the line hurt us and I thought our defensive transition hurt us.”

With Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Mike James out of action because of injuries, guard play will continue to be a wait-and-see endeavor. Butler might return from his toe injury as early as next week after missing the past nine games.

But even when Butler does come back, the point guard spot might remain an issue. While Teague and Hinrich took turns there Thursday against the Heat, both ball handlers were on the floor at the same time during the second quarter Saturday.

It was shades of Thibodeau’s early-season strategy to pair Rose and Hinrich in the backcourt. And even with Teague handling the Rose role, the Bulls were getting satisfactory results. Teague played the entire second quarter, with Hinrich joining him on the court for the final 5 minutes, 33 seconds.

The Bulls even managed to jump out to a seven-point lead with the Hinrich-Teague duo, their largest of the game. The fun stopped there, though.

While things fell apart for the Bulls in the third quarter, the Pistons’ run to take over the game actually started when they scored nine of the last 11 points before halftime in a 2:57 stretch.

The third-quarter issues weren’t just a guard problem, however Hinrich did play all but 35 seconds in the period, going 0-of-5 from the field, including four missed 3-pointers, with four turnovers.

With everything else the Bulls were up against, they didn’t stand a chance at recovering.

“I just think we got a little stagnant after playing in a rough first half; it was kind of lackadaisical,” Gibson said. “But I felt like the looks were there. We just couldn’t make shots early. They got out on the wing. It came down to our defensive transition. I feel like we didn’t contain the 3-point line to well. They got a lot of open 3s and that’s what helped them get back in the game.”

Teague's stay in D-League was short

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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The knee injury to Chicago Bulls backup guard Mike James that forced fellow guard Marquis Teague to return from the NBA Development League after just a few hours might not be as bad as originally believed.

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D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesMarquis Teague is back with the Bulls because of Mike James' injury.
James did not practice Wednesday, but he did shoot around following the team workout.

"He actually got good news," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "It's just a sprain, so at this point it's basically maybe a week, it could be a little longer. We'll see."

Teague never had a chance to play with the Iowa Energy after arriving in Des Moines on Tuesday. He made it as far as the team's practice facility before getting the call to return to Chicago.

"As soon as I landed they told me to come right back so it was crazy," Teague said.

The former first-round draft pick in 2012, who played one season at Kentucky, took his demotion to the D-League in stride.

"Actually, I wasn't as upset as people probably thought I was because I was going to get a chance to play quality minutes," Teague said. "I got called back so I was happy about that. I'm just getting ready."

Teague has not been productive in limited minutes over the past two seasons as he has appeared to struggle with confidence. Add the demotion on top of that for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard and Thibodeau was asked if he's worried about Teague's state of mind.

"I think he's in a good place; that wasn't about punishment," Thibodeau said. "That was about playing time. Because (Iowa) is so close, we can call him back after a day, and we ended up doing that. But we talked about that before we even sent him down. We talked about him getting some playing time would be good.

"We have confidence in him, he's just got to be ready to go. That was never a long-term situation. It was done with the idea of him getting some playing time."

Teague has averaged just 1.2 points and 0.8 assists in the nine games (8.9 minutes) he has played.

3 Points: A Bulls future for Deng?

December, 4, 2013
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Luol DengAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastThe Bulls and Luol Deng have said they won't talk contract until after the season.
Every week, ESPNChicago.com Bulls writer Nick Friedell is joined by two other ESPN writers to weigh in on three questions that are on the minds of Bulls followers.

1. Do the Bulls really believe they might be able to work out a new deal with Luol Deng this summer?


Nick Friedell: No. There's been no indication that Deng will take a "hometown discount" and there's been no indication the Bulls will give him more money. Bulls general manager Gar Forman has to choose his words carefully because he can't come out and say, "We're trading Deng." That's not how the game works.

Scoop Jackson: Only if they really feel Luol wants to stay here, which I'd be surprised if that's true. I think Luol and Thibs connect with each other in a way that no one else on the team does. And I think they know this and, to a degree, cherish it. Sometimes, regardless of how bad a player wants to or how smart it would be for said player to leave, a player knows how hard it is to be in-sync 100 percent with a coach. And if they have a chance to extend that, they will. So if Forman knows that he and the Bulls have that as leverage, then there is a chance that he will be back in a Bulls uni next season.

Doug Padilla: Clouding that decision is Derrick Rose's status and whether the Bulls believe the former MVP can stay healthy and carry the team. If that answer is no, then don't be surprised to see the Bulls move on when it comes to Deng while also applying the amnesty escape clause to Carlos Boozer. That could free up the cash to find a new team leader on the open market and hope Rose can give them something down the road.

2. How would you assess Tony Snell's play?


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AP Photo/Chris CarlsonWith Jimmy Butler injured, rookie Tony Snell has gotten a chance in the starting lineup.
Nick Friedell: Solid. The Bulls have been impressed with Snell since they drafted him in the first round in June. They love that he is long, athletic and can shoot, but most of all they love that he works hard in the gym. They believe the rookie is only going to get better.

Scoop Jackson: Hard to say. Here's a cat who is damn near a pure shooter and only getting 3.5 shots per game. So to me, there's no fair way to assess Snell's play 16 games and four starts in. He's a rookie who has been thrown into the fire because of injuries to two key players. It's baptism by boiling water. I will say that I think we'll see more of the type of game he had against the Cavs than he did the Pelicans as he gets more comfortable with the responsibility thrown on him.

Doug Padilla: After some limited minutes it remains difficult to assess Snell. His shooting ability, combined with his wingspan, suggests that he can be valuable in a number of ways. Coach Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to give rookies much playing time, but he has had to with Snell because of the injury to Jimmy Butler.

3. Will Marquis Teague ever live up to his first-round draft status?


Nick Friedell: Not in Chicago. Once a player lands in Thibodeau's doghouse it's hard for him to get out. Teague has shown flashes of talent, but not enough to warrant a spot in Thibodeau's rotation. He has regressed this season.

Scoop Jackson: Nope. I think he's scarred in much the same way Kwame Brown was scarred, the same way Felipe Lopez was scarred, the same way Thomas Robinson and Austin Rivers are scarred. In that he won't be able to overcome the trauma that Teague experienced once he entered the league. Almost as if it both haunts and stunts him. Even though it is on a much lower level than the aforementioned players, I do think that it's going to be tough for Teague to get over and past his first two years and this (albeit short-lived) demotion to the D-League.

Doug Padilla: At this point, it would be hard to find somebody who believes Teague will eventually turn into first-round talent. He's only on the roster now because of Mike James' injury. Teague clearly lacks confidence in the rare minutes he does get and his smallish size doesn't translate into a player who Thibodeau would rely on much, especially on defense.

Teague recalled after D-League assignment

December, 3, 2013
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D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesMarquis Teague hasn't been able to crack the rotation even with Derrick Rose lost for the season.
Editor's note: After being sent to the D-League earlier in the day, Marquis Teague was recalled by the Chicago Bulls after veteran backup Mike James underwent an MRI on a knee injury, according to a league source. James is expected to miss a week or two, allowing Teague another chance to play himself into coach Tom Thibodeau's good graces. The Chicago Tribune earlier reported news of Teague's recall.


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday that they have assigned second-year guard Marquis Teague to Iowa Energy, their affiliate team in the NBA Development League.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise given how many times Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has said over the years that he prefers for his players to stay in the NBA and practice with his team rather than go to the D-League. Teague, who was the 29th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, had fallen out of Thibodeau's rotation over the weekend as veteran Mike James took his spot backing up Kirk Hinrich.

"I think we knew when we drafted him he was a 19-year-old kid," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "He's 20 now. And I think we've seen potential; he's a talented kid, he had a really good summer. I thought he did some good things in the preseason. There hasn't been a lot of time for him. Tom and I discussed it and John (Paxson) over the weekend. And our thought was let's get him to our D-League affiliate and give him some time on the floor. But in our minds, it's not a long-term thing. And it's something we may do several times throughout the season. Send him down for a game or two, or three to get some time and then bring him back. But we still think there's a lot of potential there and we just want to see him continue to grow as a player."

When Derrick Rose went down with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 22, many believed Teague would assume the backup role behind Hinrich. Problem is, Teague struggled badly and looked uncomfortable running the offense. He is averaging 1.2 points per game this season.

Teague remains on the Bulls' roster during his stint with the Energy, but since the Bulls started the season with just 13 players on the roster, the organization could decide to sign another player or two and put one of them on the active roster.

The Bulls have to decide whether they want to pay the luxury tax in a season in which their championship aspirations disappeared when Rose went down.

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