Teague has already experienced the rookie-season splinters under Thibodeau and at 20 years old, he now knows what to expect.
When he did play as a rookie, he was up and down, but showed positive signs against good competition and in pressure situations when he was called upon, although the soft-spoken youngster seemed despondent about his predicament at times. But he continued to put in work, as he’s done all offseason in Chicago, and the fruits of his labor were evident during summer league, as he got to the basket with ease to either score or set up his teammates for his easy opportunities as a playmaker, as well as showcasing a much-improved outside jumper, his biggest weakness entering the league.
Hinrich will be Thibodeau’s preference at point guard behind Rose to begin the season, but with the veteran’s ability to play both backcourt positions, continued work and development, specifically using his tremendous quickness to be an asset on the defensive end and limiting his turnovers, could earn Teague a minor role in the rotation as time goes on, solidifying him as the Bulls’ primary backup moving forward.
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