|Eugene Teague loves what he does.|Eugene Teague
, Seton Hall, Senior, 6'9 270lbs2013/14 stats:
26.2 mpg, 11.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 0.9 apg, 0.6 spg, 3.2 fpg, 1.9 TOpg, 59.3% FG, 69.7% FT
Teague's game is defined by his physique. At 6'9 and 270lbs - and having often been a lot heavier than that - Teague is immensely strong, always powerful, and certainly not fast. It is not necessarily the most conditioned 270lbs, only really getting into semi decent shape as a senior, and on both ends of the court, the size is both a blessing and a curse.
Camping exclusively in the paint, the immensely strong Teague is able to get position and power through people in a way just not often found at this level. He has decent footwork and good touch around the basket, seals off his man and catches and finishes, or posts and turns to a right handed hook shot. He knows how to create and finish in the post, with good defensive reads, patience, and an effective head fake. Whilst limited to two or three dribbles, Teague can also get past his man to the basket if they are as slow of foot as he is, or if they defend him too closely (which, considering Teague's lack of a jumpshot away from the basket, would be an odd thing to do). Teague is always creating a passing angle for his guards and fighting for position, an extremely efficient option on the interior every trip down who can also dive to the basket after screens and pass well the interior, as long as you don't mind the occasional. And it is all availed by the size and strength.
This size of course creates problems defensively. With so little of a vertical leap, Teague is not a rim protector around the basket, does not defend the perimeter well, and is a liability against speedy opponents whom he can only foul. He will shove people around in the paint and pursue the ball as best he can for one so slow, yet these too lead to high foul yields - for the most part, his defense is limited to standing in the paint with his hands up. Furthermore, being a below-the-rim player can lead to Teague getting smothered by long and athletic defenders - the fat and strength only works up to a point.
Teague, then, is something of a situational player. But if he is only used as such, he can be effective. And if he is only used as such, the foul rates matter far less.