Best Player? Need? Hawks Get Both In Teague

Thursday, June 25, 2009
By Micah Hart

At #19, the Hawks select Jeff Teague out of Wake Forest. This is a tremendous coup for Atlanta, as not only do they get a player right at the top of their draft board, but they also get one who plays the point and can potentially be groomed as the future of the position now that Acie Law is off to Golden State.

There were some tense moments in the draft room as we watched teams pick in front of them without calling his name, but when the time came to make the pick it was a very easy call.

Teague impressed the front office and coaching staff with his lightning quickness and scoring ability in college. As Hawks GM Rick Sund said, “He is a great player. He is quick, can get to the rim and finish, and is maybe the best athlete at the PG position in this draft.”

Hawks asst. GM Dave Pendergraft said you hope to take a player who is the best you have on your board and can fill a need, and I’d say from the start that’s exactly what this pick looks like.

At #19, the Hawks select Jeff Teague out of Wake Forest. This is a tremendous coup for Atlanta, as not only do they get a player right at the top of their draft board, but they also get one who plays the point and can potentially be groomed as the future of the position now that Acie Law is off to Golden State.

There were some tense moments in the draft room as we watched teams pick in front of them without calling his name, but when the time came to make the pick it was a very easy call.

Teague impressed the front office and coaching staff with his lightning quickness and scoring ability in college. As Hawks GM Rick Sund said, “He is a great player. He is quick, can get to the rim and finish, and is maybe the best athlete at the PG position in this draft.”

Hawks asst. GM Dave Pendergraft said you hope to take a player who is the best you have on your board and can fill a need, and I’d say from the start that’s exactly what this pick looks like.

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