Jeff Teague listed at number 64 in ESPN NBA player rankings


Just one day after ESPN anointed Atlanta Hawks swingman Kyle Korver as the number 72 player in the NBA, the worldwide leader in sports has ranked point guard Jeff Teague at number 64 in the league.

It should not come as a surprise to see the 26-year-old Teague listed among the top players in the league, as he put together a strong season in his first year under Mike Budenholzer’s direction. The 6-foot-2, 181-pound point guard averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 assists per game during the 2013-2014 season, and many have suggested that Teague was on the outskirts of an All-Star selection in the battered Eastern Conference.

This season could be an important one for Teague, simply because he has yet to put his full game together on both ends over a full season. For all the progress made last season, Teague shot just 32.9% on 3-point attempts and less than 44% from the floor, and on top of that, even casual observers have begun to notice his consistent defensive lapses that allow the opposition to calmly glide into the lane against the Hawks.

Still, this ranking seems relatively appropriate for where Jeff Teague stands at this moment, and it should be taken as a sign of respect that he comes in ahead of such players as Chicago’s Taj Gibson, Phoenix’s Isaiah Thomas and New Orleans PG Jrue Holiday in the rankings.

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