Profiling the NBA Draft, late 1st Round: Marquis Teague

In addition to the 4th overall pick on June 28th, the Cleveland Cavaliers also own the 24th, 33rd, and 34th selections. In a continued look at who could be available in the late first round / early second for the Cavs, below is our latest on Fab Melo from Syracuse. 

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No. 22 – Marquis Teague, Freshman, Kentucky 2011-12 stats: 10 ppg, 4.8 apg, 41% shooting

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks on the Indiana Hoosiers in the first half during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tyreke Evans. Derrick Rose. John Wall. John Calipari knows how to recruit and develop point guards, and Marquis Teague is no different. Teague is going to be one of at least five Kentucky players to be drafted in the first round. And for good reason; he has a chance to be a special guard in the NBA.

Playing in Kentucky’s uptempo style was perfect for Teague’s skill-set. He is an amazingly fast point guard, as was Wall and Rose for Calipari. He might have been one of the fastest guards in the nation last season with the ball in his hand. With the NBA becoming such a guard oriented League now, Teague’s skills will fit in nicely.

Offensively, he does most of his damage attacking the basket. He has a blazing fast first step and he is able to finish at the rim with ease. For such a young point guard, he has great court vision. It will only get better as he matures. Teague does lack a consistent jump shot, but coming out of college, so did Rose and Wall.

With work he can definitely improve his jumper, to go with his top-flight speed, and that could become a lethal combination. Teague is an interesting option for the Cavs. They definitely need a backup point guard to Kyrie Irving and there is a better than likely chance he will be available at 24. Do they pull the trigger?

There will be some very good players that are available at 24. If Teague is there, I believe the Cavs will take a look at him. He could fill that backup spot nicely, and I think they would be able to play him and Kyrie at the same time during stretches of games. But it is like I said, do they take him. It will be interesting spot in the Draft and I think that pick could go a number of ways.

Our previous posts in this series on Andrew Nicholson, Will Barton, Draymond Green, Jeff Taylor, Evan Fournier, Royce White, Quincy Miller and Fab Melo can be found herehereherehere, here, herehere and here.

Put this on your calendars: Cavs Draft Tweet-Up June 28th at Mullarkey’s Irish Pub with the Social Dudes – hope you can make it! 

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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