Jeff Teague shoots over Shelvin Mack as the Hawks get a win over the Utah Jazz (Source: sportsnet.ca)
Remember when we were talking about trading this guy 3 weeks ago? That shouldn’t be the case anymore.
Over the course of 2 weeks, Jeff Teague has regained the high level of play that made him an All-Star and got this Hawks squad atop the Eastern Conference last season.
Throughout the season, Jeff was dealing with an ankle and wrist injury that slowed him down, and also the team. Everyone looked on to Dennis Schroder to pick up Teague’s lack of production and surely, the third year point guard did, which led to many people believing that the organization should trade the veteran point guard at the Trade Deadline and usher in the Schroeder era. After the rumors surfaced about a potential trade, we started to see Jeff Teague pickup his level of play. In February before the All-Star break, he was averaging 19.7 points per game while shooting 50% from the field (51% 3PT). After the All-Star break Jeff’s game was a rollercoaster ride and he looked out of sync with the team at times. In both games against the Golden State Warriors, Jeff was benched in the 4th quarter for Dennis because of his lack of energy and not being able to get the offense going.
The Clippers game was when flashes of the old Teague returned. He was getting to the paint with ease, hitting shots from the perimeter, and his defense was good against one of the league’s best guards in Chris Paul. He ended that game with 22 points and 7 assists. He continued his strong play against the Utah Jazz , where former Hawks reserve Shelvin Mack couldn’t keep Teague in front of him. In that game, he posted 24 points and 6 assists. In the past 7 games (not including the TOR game) , Jeff Teague has averaged 16 points and 7 assists. He looks more aggressive and is setting up his teammates with good shots.
It’s not that Jeff was playing bad, but he just didn’t look like the same player that we’ve seen over the years. When Jeff is playing aggressive, the Hawks as a unit play aggressive too. If he continues his strong play, this team can go deep into the playoffs and surprise many people similar to last year.
Malik Brown (@Retro_Boy_)