Now, on the day that the 2017 NBA Finals finally begin, let’s look back to the 2012 NBA Draft and the Chicago Bulls.
The 2011-12 NBA season was cut short to 66 regular season games because of a lockout. Chicago finished the regular season with a 50-16 record, the best in the Eastern Conference.
But leading by 12 with 80 seconds left in Game One, Derrick Rose’s career effectively ended. He tore his ACL and was done for the postseason; indeed, he never fully, truly came back.
The Bulls, who had the best record in the NBA, lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the first round. They sat with the 29th overall pick in a draft that had one legit superstar player coming out and a lot of questionable prospects.
That one bona fide superstar everyone identified before the draft was Chicago’s own Anthony Davis, who left Kentucky and was selected number one overall by New Orleans.
A few other players whose names were called in the first round have blossomed into stars in the Association. Bradley Beal (#3 to Washington), Damian Lillard (#6 to Portland), Harrison Barnes (#7 to Golden State) and Andre Drummond (#9 to Detroit) have all experienced varying levels of success.
Concerned about the future of their former-MVP at point guard, the Bulls opted to address that position with their only pick.
With the 29th selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected point guard Marquis Teague from Kentucky.
Teague sucked. He wasn’t ready for the NBA in any way and flamed out before he even got started. Teague played in 88 games (three starts) over two seasons in the NBA and was gone. He averaged 2.3 points, 1.0 rebound, 1.4 assists and 0.8 turnovers in 9.5 minutes per game – for his career.
Yesterday we talked about how taking Shea McClellin was a deathblow to Phil Emery’s tenure as GM of the Bears. Explain to me how Teague didn’t end the career(s) of GarPax?
Selected after Teague in 2012:
Round 2 – #34 – Jae Crowder, F, Cleveland
Round 2 – #35 – Draymond Green, F, Golden State
Round 2 – #39 – Khris Middleton, F, Detroit
From the 60 players drafted in 2012, only six who have played in at least 10 games to date averaged less than Teague’s 2.3 points per game. Only two players – Tyshawn Taylor (-0.9) and Tony Wroten (-1.3) – have a lower career win share than Teague (-0.8).