|Team: NON-NBA College Team:
H: 6' 5"|
W: 196 lbs
(30 Years Old)
|Agent: Michael Whitaker ||
High School: Pike
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2007||Portsmouth||6' 4.5"||6' 5.5"||191||6' 5.75"||NA||NA||NA||NA|
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Oden, Cook, Landry at Champions Academy|
May 27, 2007
A teammate of Landry at Purdue who also missed what should have been his senior season in 05-06 with a knee injury, Teague put in a solid senior year at Purdue and certainly brings a different type of energy to the workout sessions at Champions Academy. Despite the injury, Teague has bounced back well and was the most aggressive perimeter player at the workouts. He is in tip-top physical condition, and should be able to find a team in Europe that can use an athletic, aggressive defensive specialist type. Teague put up some impressive scoring numbers last season at Purdue, but is more of a streak scorer at this point. He knocks down perimeter jumpers at a respectable clip, but his form is likely to be viewed as a work in progress by most scouts. One thing we can confirm is his passion for the game, as evidenced by our long lunch hour conversation on area hoops, and the attitude he brings to the gym.
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Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Day Four (part one)
April 9, 2007
David Teague had yet another strong performance in his third game here at Portsmouth, showing off a side of his game we hadn’t yet seen before. He’s already shown an excellent shooting stroke and the ability to finish in transition, but today he displayed a bit of a mid-range game, hitting a few tough shots and showing he had the ability to pull up in the lane just as well as he takes the ball to the hoop. Teague doesn’t have the greatest ball-handling skills, but he has a decent crossover and he doesn’t try to force the ball through holes that aren’t there, so turnovers weren’t much of a problem. Teague hit a nice floater in the lane early in the game, where he recognized there were defenders in his way of the hoop would he have driven all the way there. Later in the game he hit a very impressive turnaround jumper in the lane from 10 feet, which he was also fouled on for the and-1. He also hit another floater in the lane from five feet off a crossover to his left hand.
Teague also did some damage from deep in this game, hitting two three-pointers, both of which came in fast-break situations where he got the dump off and put the ball up with an extremely quick release, once with a hand in his face. His stroke is smooth and his form is pretty solid. He also finished in transition a few times, once with a lay-up off the glass and another time with an explosive jam.
Defensively, Teague does a good job getting into his man’s face, using his hands to disrupt and poke at the ball. He moves pretty well laterally, but he sometimes has trouble chasing through screens without the ball, but nothing more than the average player. He should have a very good chance of getting into Orlando as well as into a training camp, and will have a decent chance of making a roster as well, either at the beginning of the season or on a 10-day contract later on should he try his luck in the D-League. In terms of a comparison, he resembles Tarence Kinsey in many ways, though is by no means an identical player. He doesn’t have quite the length of Kinsey, and he might need to work a bit harder on his mid-range game to get it to Kinsey’s level, but Teague is a better outside shooter and has a similar overall build. Kinsey played in both pre-draft camps last season, and was signed as an undrafted free agent, which is the most likely path to the NBA for Teague as well.
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Portsmouth Invitational Tournament: Day Three
April 7, 2007
Teague showed marked improvement in his second game at the PIT in terms of seeing the court and making a concerted effort to get the ball to teammates when the opportunity presented itself. Teague was most effective with his passing in transition, but had a couple of nice looks in the half court set when he was driving the lane.
Defensively, Teague picked up his man and was more aggressive with his ball-pressure than the previous day as well. Its important for Teague to use his hands and footwork on defense early before his man gets the ball because Teague’s body strength is not where it needs to be to play a contact game in the post and his foot speed is average for perimeter defense. Ball denial and a high level of hand and foot activity is a must for him when defending on-ball.
Offensively, Teague has a nice shot from a set position and when in motion, but doesn’t have the type of tight handle to create high percentage shots for himself when tightly defended. For a player his size it will be essential to work on ball-handling skills, but with his ability to shoot the ball in motion it would be ideal for Teague to work on coming off of screens and becoming deadly on the catch-and-shoot. This is especially important for Teague because he’s not explosively athletic and isn’t going to have tremendous success attacking the basket and trying to take it all the way into the interior defense of a team.
Overall, the threat of his jump shot should enable him to shot-fake his opponent on the perimeter or off a curl which will then set him up for many open looks from mid-range. This should be his bread-and-butter offensive role wherever he ends up playing professionally. More Rip Hamilton and less Steve Francis should help to refine his offensive game and quickly develop an offensive role that a team can utilize in a structured offense.
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Portsmouth Invitational Tournament: Day Two
April 5, 2007
The hottest player on the floor in the first half was Purdue’s David Teague, scoring 14 points on 6-10 shooting. Unfortunately for him, he cooled off substantially in the second half, scoring just 4 points on his next eight shots to finish 7-18 on the night.
Teague did most of his damage in this game from mid-range and beyond, scoring smoothly on a series of pull-ups and spot-ups from all over the court. He’s clearly a deadly shooter who can get his shot off in many different ways with a quick release and absolutely no hesitation to pull the trigger, but he really started forcing his shots in the second half which took away much of the good impression he made early on. Very few times did the ball come out once it got into Teague’s hand, and he really tried to force his dribble more than his current skill-set would allow him to. Teague isn’t a great ball-handler by any stretch, turning the ball over on numerous occasions when he tried to put the ball on the floor.
All in all, though, this wasn’t a bad effort from Teague in his first game. He should try to play more within the flow of the offense tomorrow, though, considering that he doesn’t have to show NBA teams that he can be a shot-creating first option for them, but rather a complimentary guy.
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