Recently, I have seen a lot of comments especially from ajc.com insisting that Larry Drew is holding the Hawks and Teague's development by not playing Jeff Teague more minutes. Frankly, I would have to support Larry.From what I have seen so far, Jeff Teague is NOT READY for starters minutes.
For starters, he lacks confidence in his mid -range and 3 point shot. This is quite baffling...Coming out of college, one of his strong points was his mid range shot. Although he has a funky release, no one questioned his ability to make it. Except for the last game against the clippers, I have not seen him even take the mid range jumper when it is clear that teams are backing off him and inviting him to take the shot. Time and time again, I have watched players sag off him only for him to hesitate when the ball gets to him. Criticize Bibby for all you want, Bibby will take and most likely make open shots.
Presidence has shown that a team can fall off the cliff if a veteran point guard makes way for a young PG that is not ready. Here is a list for you... Detriot fell off the cliff when they handed the team to Stuckey , Philaldelphia's misfortune and Portlands fortune seems to have coincided with the move of the "old" Andre Miller, the Bobcats horrific season and the Knicks rise seems to coincide with the trade of Felton ( Bobcats felt DJ Augustin was ready).
So everyone please be careful what you wish for. Bibby's true weakness which is defence can be mitigated by Joe Johnson guarding the quick point guards. Teague's weaknesses ( inexperience,lack of shooting touch,poor decision making, poor ball handling) cannot be easily overcome. In my opinion, Bibby deserves to and should start for the Hawks. His ability to run the offence and move the ball is second to none on the team. Hawks poor showing in the last 2 playoffs has been tied to poor offence and not defence. Starting Teague will not help
In the words of Mike Woodson(and i am paraphrasing)" It is not how many minutes that you play that concerns me. It is what you do with the minutes that is given to you". Right now, Jeff has not shown any indication ( except in flashes )that he can run this team. It is wrong to the team, players and fans to give Jeff more minutes that he frankly has not earned at the expense of the team losing more games.
Oh, and remember the same calls were made for Salim and AC Law....Where are they now?.