We have now reached our third matchup in the second round of the tournament. On the other side of the bracket we have our first matchup of two scoring point guard who could fit here with the Pacers. Marquis Teague is a young point guard from Indianapolis who just led Kentucky to the national title as their starting point guard. Tyshawn Taylor is a senior at Kansas who could score well and lead the Jayhawks.
Both of these players could be nice sparks off the bench for us next year in the second unit.If we pick one of these two guys, we likely are trading Darren Collison on draft night or sometime in the off-season.
Teague beat Tony Wroten badly in voting and Taylor barely squeaked by Jared Cunningham. We'll see how this one goes. Check out after the jump my analysis of both prospects.
Who do you want to move on to the semifinals?
Both of these players would be great fits with the Pacers. They could start, but most likely would lead the second unit to success. It's another rematch of Kansas vs. Kentucky, but only this time it's to move on to the semifinals in the Pacers 26th Pick Tournament. This sure looks like it will be a great matchup. Now, let's get to this matchup of potential vs. polished.
Here's the tale of the tape for Teague vs. Taylor:
Marquis Teague: He's a lightning quick guard who is like a ball of energy when he's on a roll. Also, Teague is a superb passer who makes it look easy for many of his Kentucky teammates from last season. You could say he's the fastest prospect in this draft. He's known for his speed and superb handle of the ball. Teague has great court vision and awareness. He's gets his guards open on the outside by driving and kicking it out right after they commit to him when he bolts inside like he's about to go for a layup.
Marquis has the potential to be a great defender as well. He has great quickness to keep up with his man and fast hands to get lots of steals. Teague could become the best point guard in this class if he can continue to develop his all-around game.
Teague will need to improve on his jump shot. He's inconsistent from anywhere from 18 plus feet and beyond. If you look closer at his shot, his leg flails around that could take off his rhythm. Teague is like Brett Favre sometimes, he gambles a lot on some passes.He averaged three turnovers a game at Kentucky. Marquis needs to get stronger and build on his small frame. He tends to shy away from getting physical with the opposing player.
As mentioned earlier, Teague will need to be more consistent to succeed at the next level. If Indiana were to pick Teague, it's all based on a few years down the road. He has the potential to be a star, or he could flame out quickly.
Here are a few videos on Teague's strength (potential) and weakness (shooting):
Marquis could be a great fit here with the Pacers. Having Marquis take the place of Collison might not be that bad of an idea. It seems like George Hill will keep his spot in the starting lineup and Darren might not want to be a full time member of the second unit. If Teague could put it all together, he could easily replace DC in the second unit and eventually take over as the starter.
Now, we get to Tyshawn Taylor. He's the prototypical build for a point guard at 6-4 and has great length. Tyshawn has great quickness to the rim off the dribble. Also, he can shoot very well from the perimeter. I compare him to another former Jayhawk in Mario Chalmers.He could operate a team very well and runs the pick and roll to perfection. Taylor gets to the free throw line with his explosive burst to the rim. He's always in attack mode it seems.
Tyshawn is a solid perimeter defender as well. He has great lateral quickness and hands that gives him the potential to be a great player for many steals on the next level.
Having a senior like Taylor wouldn't be a bad addition. Having that experience could be needed near the end of the game. Taylor has been in two final fours for the Jayhawks in his career there.
Taylor has a major issues with turnovers. He will throw bad passes and force plays a lot. Tyshawn averaged almost four turnovers a game last season for Kansas. His shot selection is very questionable as well. He forces drives and gets out of control a lot.
Taylor has character issues that could scare lots of teams away. He violated team rules on many different occasions. Tyshawn could have potential disciplinary issues. His issues like this could bring flashbacks to the brawl days to many.
Maybe his disciplinary issues will scare off a lot, but he could shine if he gets rid of it. He's already said he knows what he's done wrong. We'll find out soon if he's telling the truth or not.
Here are videos Taylor's strength (NBA readiness) and his weakness (passing):
If Taylor can shake his off the court issues, he could be a steal on the next level. His shooting and driving ability could be great for a team like Indiana. He loves to penetrate and then pass it out to the open man. Taylor would likely take the place of A.J. Price as the third point guard and could be a little spark plug with maybe ten minutes off the bench of aggressive scoring and driving to the basket. His ability to fake out his defenders and then kick it out as mentioned could open up our shooters for a lot more wide-open shots. If he adjusts, I see Taylor as a nice ft with the Pacers.
After all of the analysis, who do you want to move on to the semifinals? Will it be Marquis Teague or Tyshawn Taylor advancing on?