After winning the Kentucky Wildcats eighth national championship, many of the players from that team moved on to the NBA. While this was a dream come true for everyone drafted, there were some that had it a lot easier than others once they arrived. For some players on that 2011-2012 team, they are becoming a superstar in the making (i.e. Anthony Davis). For others, the grind of the NBA season and the speed of the game at that level is getting the best of them. This is the case for Marquis Teague, the point guard on the national championship team, who has floated around the league in his first two seasons.
After being drafted by the Chicago Bulls, where Teague spent his first year and a half, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. While playing time was limited in his first half season there, he was able to learn from some of the most grizzled veterans in the NBA. Sitting behind the likes of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and coach Jason Kidd surely couldn’t hurt his development at all. And now that his second season has come to a close, he is attempting to prove himself in the summer league once again.
In his debut for the 2014 summer league, Marquis Teague certainly impressed, often looking like the best guard on the court. Finishing up the game, Teague had 12 points and six assists. The highlight of his game was his 6-6 shooting from the free throw line, something that will be necessary for him if he wants to make it in the NBA. Regardless of what happens in the long run, this is a good sign for Marquis Teague, as it is a step in the right direction. And if he can keep this up, then the Brooklyn Nets have found themselves a steal, providing them a solid backup point guard for years to come.