COMMENTARY | It's safe to say that Chicago Bulls guard Marquis Teague is the least-liked player in recent Bulls history.
Teague, a first-round pick in 2012, has been a model citizen off the court, but it's what's he doing on the court that has Bulls fans in an uproar.
In 13 games, Teague is averaging 2.3 points per game and 1.5 assists while shooting a horrific 22% from the floor. Teague's floor game has been abysmal, with him tallying nearly as many turnovers as assists and missing simple layups on the regular.
From the start, Teague being a Chicago Bull was a head-scratcher. The team had its sights on a point guard knowing that Derrick Rose would be on the shelf after suffering a torn ACL. However, the Bulls' brass believed that Teague would be gone by the time they drafted him at pick 29.
In the heads of Gar Forman and John Paxson, a 19-year-old starting point guard who just won a national championship with the University of Kentucky fell into their laps -- they had to take him despite never working him out.
Teague had the championship pedigree that the Bulls love so much but without ever vetting him, they had no way of knowing about his motor. Teague has underwhelmed from day one, and now the Bulls can't get rid of him.
The team tried to move Teague to a Western Conference team at the start of the season to no avail. Nobody wants him for the price that Chicago is asking. In the midst of seeking out trading partners, the Bulls inexplicably picked up the third-year option on Marquis Teague's contract.
The disappointing point guard was on his way to the D-League's Iowa Energy last week, despite the Bulls having only 10 healthy bodies at their disposal. Teague was immediately recalled after the team discovered that third-string point guard Mike James suffered a MCL sprain.
Already struggling, Marquis Teague's confidence is now shot. He's not wanted on a Bulls roster that needs all the help it can get with Derrick Rose out for the season and Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng currently on the shelf. To make matters worse, the Bulls have claimed former Raptors point guard D.J. Augustin off waivers. Augustin is sure to leapfrog Teague in the Bulls' rotation.
The Bulls have generally done a good job of drafting players during the John Paxson era. Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, and Jimmy Butler have all turned out to be quality selections. Even when the Bulls make a blunder, like drafting James Johnson with the 16th pick in 2009, they do a decent job of covering up their mistakes. The pick that the Bulls received from the Raptors was used to help Chicago acquire the rights to Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic.
Chicago will never live down trading LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas in 2006, but the Bulls are hoping that the draft pick they received from Charlotte pays dividends. The Bulls can only hope to dump Marquis Teague for a couple of second-round picks at best.
At this point, anything is an improvement.
Sherron Shabazz is a long-time Bulls follower and a season ticket holder for more than a decade. Sherron is in his fifth season covering the NBA for Examiner.com.
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