Extended time on the bench was the biggest adjustment for Marquis Teague

How has  spent his summer vacation? The now-second year guard starred for the Summer Bulls’ in Vegas, listened to more Chief Keef than what is probably considered safe and occasionally stared at your Facebook profile when you’re least expecting it. Teague has also been putting in work in the gym, both at the Berto Center and also his native Indianapolis, trying to get stronger and improve his outside shot.

If development for players generally takes place between the second and fourth season, Teague realizes how pivotal this offseason is coming off a rookie year where he barely saw the floor. That’s nothing new under Tom Thibodeau, just ask Jimmy Butler, and Teague seems to realize the value of staying ready to maximize his opportunity once it comes. took control of his own future by being too good to bench once he got his shot after Luol Deng’s hamstring pull last January; Teague wants to put himself in the same position this year.

The truth is Teague had an awfully quiet rookie season for a myriad of reasons, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be an asset for the Bulls in the future. Life changed drastically for Teague a year ago, when he selected No. 30 overall by the Bulls as a 19-year-old point guard. Teague was the No. 5 recruit in the country as a high school player and started all 40 games for one of the best college teams in recent memory, but what he saw in the was still an entirely different experience on a number of levels.

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