“With the 29th pick in the 2012 NBA draft the Chicago Bulls select Marquis Teague from the University of Kentucky.”
Those were the words from David Stern on draft night. While some people thought the Bulls would draft a wing player, with Deng pushing back his wrist surgery to play in the Olympic games in London and Rip Hamilton having various injuries last season you would think they’d try and get a little youthful at the wing position. Drafting Teague was a good move to me because of the injury D.Rose suffered in the first round of the playoffs last season. The other things that come into play is, C.J. Watson has a $3.2 million option that I dont think the Bulls will use. Also, John Lucas III is an unresticted free agent. He gave a good spark for the team throughout the season and playoffs, but I think the Bulls will try to upgrade at the point guard position in the off season.
Overall, I think the Bulls did a good job with the pick they had. Teague has a huge upside. You have to think, he’ s only 19. As they say, “you cant coach speed” and Marquis has plenty of that. In college he was a very effective penetrator, finisher, and a good passer. It will take some time for him to learn the NBA system as it does with any rookie, especially with him being a guard. I like the pick and we will see what they do in free agency throughout the course of the summer.
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