The Bulls selected point guard Marquis Teague with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft on Thursday night.They in effect drafted a backup point guard.Teague, a 6-2, 180-pounder who played one season at Kentucky, averaged 10 points and 4.8 assists in 32.6 minutes per game as a freshman.With Derrick Rose recovering from a torn ACL, finding another guard who will potentially be able to contribute as a rookie became a priority for General Manager Gar Forman and his staff. Rose underwent surgery on May 12 and won’t likely return until January at the earliest.
Though Teague played just one season collegiately, he comes to the NBA as a winner. He started all 40 of Kentucky’s games as the Wildcats went 38-2 en route to the 2012 NCAA National Championship, making him the fourth player on the Bulls’ roster to have won a title in college (Carlos Boozer, Richard Hamilton and Joakim Noah).
The Bulls reportedly were set to take Tyshawn Taylor with this pick, but probably fell on the floor when Teague was still available. They’ve clearly needed a backup point guard for Derrick Rose and Teague is outstanding value at this point of the first round.