We have reached the final of the Pacers 26th Pick Tournament and it has been fun. This matchup could be close like Marquis Teague's last matchup or a blowout like Royce White has done this whole tournament. Both of these guys could be key additions to the Pacers next season and looking into the future.
Teague would likely replace Darren Collison as the backup point guard if the Pacers draft him. While he needs some work, Teague could be a steal if he continues developing his game. White could be another steal if he drops to the 26th pick, but he has to show his anxiety disorder and other red flags won't be an issue. Both of these players could play more like top ten talent if they put it all together. Check out my analysis of both prospects after the jump.
Who's going to win the championship?Both of these players would be great if they improve on their negatives as I've said. White would be a nice backup to Danny Granger or David West and eventual starter. He could give the Pacers a nice scoring punch that they haven't had with the second unit for a long time. He could be a monster on the boards, scoring, and passing as he was at Iowa State if he can convince that his issues won't come back.
Teague would be running the second unit next year as George Hill's backup if the Pacers draft him. DC would likely be gone in a trade on draft night or this off-season. Teague was overshadowed by the other players around him at Kentucky, but he surely does have lottery talent with the ability to explode to the rim or dish it off with ease.
This looks like an exciting matchup. Now, let's decide who is going to win the Pacers 26th Pick Tournament and become the champion!
Here's the tale of the tape for White vs. Teague:
Royce White: Very bouncy player who can jump out of the gym. He can explode to the rim with some flash. White can handle the ball like a point guard too. He's really a true point-forward. White could slip to the Pacers at 26 with his red flags. He has anxiety issues that includes a fear of flying, but if he slips this far the Pacers might have to take the risk.
White needs to improve his mid-range jumper and has to develop a three-point shot. He gets a lot of his shots blocked near the rim. Royce will need to have more air on his shot to avoid that. White also turns the ball over a lot. He turned it over four times per game at Iowa State, but it could be just because he had to be the team's main ball handler.
Also, Royce is a very average defender. He lets a lot of players drive past him with ease. White seems to put all of his efforts in on the offensive end.
The Cyclone product use to play at Minnesota, but had to transfer due to his criminal history. He said he's a changed man, but you never know. We don't want another incident like Stephen Jackson at the club.
If Royce slips to 26 he could be a big risk, but if his red flag history has vanished, he could be a great player.
Here are a few videos of White's strength (athleticism) and weakness (defense) :
If Royce could improve his defense he could be a spectacular player in the NBA. If he puts all of his effort into defense as well, we could be looking at an all-star.
Now, we get to local kid from Pike High School in 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.
White fits well if he's picked by the Pacers. His leaping ability and scoring would be fun to watch at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. I don't think Royce would take Danny's job, but he would be one good apprentice. I could see him eventually being a 20 plus point scorer a game.
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.
After all of the analysis, who do you want to win the championship? Will it be Royce White or Marquis Teague being crowned the champion of the Pacers 26th Pick Tournament?