Jeff Teague mini-interview
Atlanta Hawks rookie Jeff Teague is a scorer in a point guard's body. At least that's how people tend to describe his game. But as he told InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner, the kid can do anything you'd want a point guard to do. Selected #19 in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Teague helps add bench depth to Atlanta.
This quick interview was recorded when InsideHoops.com met with Teague in early/mid August. Enjoy it:
InsideHoops.com: What NBA players did your friends used to compare you to these last few years?
Jeff Teague: In high school I wanted to be like Allen Iverson and Gilbert Arenas, scoring guards. Those were my favorite players. But as I got older, a lot of people started calling me Jason Terry, things like that. Those were the comparisons. I just try to play my own game.
InsideHoops.com: Jason Terry is an interesting one, because that's how you've been described, more of a scoring point guard than a regular one. How do you describe your own game?
Teague: I feel like everybody that plays the point guard position in this league has the ability to score, so they can be scoring point guards. In college I had to be a scorer first. But I can play either way. I can be a classic point guard. I can score. I'm just an all-around basketball player.
InsideHoops.com: What's been the highlight of your basketball playing so far? In college, high school, out in the park, anywhere.
Teague: I think I became a YouTube legend off my dunk against Maryland. I had a pretty good dunk against Maryland. I guess that's one of my highlights. But my biggest thing is probably the opportunity to play professional basketball.
InsideHoops.com: Who were your favorite players growing up and a little kid?
Teague: Everybody loves Mike but I was an oddball. Being from Indiana, I went with Larry Bird. He made shots like nobody else could make shots.
InsideHoops.com: Switching to off the court, have a favorite music artist, group?
Teague: I like a little bit of everything. I'm listening to Lil Wayne and Jay-Z right now.