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A look at the Teague-Hinrich backcourt duo

What can fans expect from a backcourt featuring Teague and Hinrich? After the first home preseason game, I looked at both players performances and decided to share my view about this topic.

On Wednesday night the Chicago Bulls played their first pre-season home game against the Detroit Pistons. It was the first game at the United Center for rookies Tony Snell and Erik Murphy. Oh, yeah! That Derrick Rose guy also played again at the UC after his terrible injury that sidelined him all of last season. He did well! Rose scored 22 points in 22 minutes of action in Chicago’s 96-81 win over the Pistons.

Joakim Noah also played his first game of the pre-season, but the Bulls couldn’t start their projected starting lineup for the season because Jimmy Butler sat out this one. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau started veteran forward/ guard Mike Dunleavy Jr. at the shooting guard position, something that led to an interesting and prior thought I had come back to my mind. With Butler out and Dunleavy sharing the backcourt with Rose, the fans were able to see Marquis Teague and Kirk Hinrich playing backup point guard and backup shooting guard, respectively.

I decided to take notes and breakdown what this unusual backcourt did last night against the Pistons. Below there’s a list of all the offensive plays in which Teague or Hinrich had a decisive action into the development and the outcome of a play.

Player

Quarter/Time

Play

Result of the Play

Score

Teague

1st/ 3:22

Dribbling around

3-sec violation (Boozer)

CHI 18-9

Hinrich

1st/ 2:42

Hinrich pass to Taj

Jump Shot made (Taj)

CHI 20-11

Hinrich

1st/ 2:16

Hinrich fastbreak pass to Deng

Jump Shot made (Deng)

CHI 22-11

Teague

1st/ 1:39

Teague pass to Taj (weak offensive movement)

Jump Shot missed (Taj)

CHI 22-11

Hinrich

1st/ 1:09

Hinrich pass to Taj

Jump Shot made (Taj)

CHI 24-13

Hinrich/ Teague

1st/ 0:28

Hinrich pass to Teague

3-Point Shot missed (Teague)

CHI 24-16

Teague

1st/ 0:01

Teague 1-on-1 at the buzzer

Jump Shot missed (Teague)

CHI 24-16

Hinrich

2nd/ 11:42

Hinrich to Taj (sloppy offensive possesion

Jump Shot missed (Taj)

CHI 24-16

Teague

2nd/ 10:53

Teague 3-point attempt

3-Point Shot missed (Teague)

CHI 24-17

Hinrich

2nd/ 9:48

Hinrich pass to Nazr

Hook Shot missed (Nazr)

CHI 25-21

Hinrich

2nd/ 9:28

Hinrich drive to the basket

TO: Off. Foul

CHI 25-21

Teague

2nd/ 8:23

Teague pass to Snell

3-Point Shot made (Snell)

CHI 28-23

Hinrich

2nd/ 7:49

Hinrich 3-point attempt

3-Point Shot missed (Hinrich)

CHI 28-23

Teague/ Hinrich

2nd/ 7:41

Teague pass to Hinrich

Jump Shot made (Hinrich)

CHI 30-23

Teague

2nd/ 7:21

Teague fastbreak layup attempt

Layup Shot missed/ blocked (Teague)

CHI 30-23

Hinrich

2nd/ 6:35

Hinrich pass to Taj

Taj fouled

CHI 32-26

Hinrich

2nd/ 6:05

Hinrich pick-and-roll pass to Taj

Taj fouled

CHI 33-26

Hinrich

2nd/ 5:02

Hinrich 3-point attempt

3-Point Shot made (Hinrich)

CHI 40-28

Hinrich

2nd/ 3:45

Hinrich pass to Rose (Rose drive to the basket)

Rose fouled: 2/2 FT (Rose)

CHI 44-29

Teague

3rd/ 3:51

Teague TO: Loses ball

Layup Shot made (DET)

CHI 67-45

Teague

3rd/ 3:00

Teague TO: Bad pass

Layup Shot made (DET)

CHI 69-47

Hinrich

3rd/ 2:37

Hinrich pass to Taj

Jump Shot missed (Taj)

CHI 69-47

Hinrich

3rd/ 2:04

Hinrich pass to Deng

3-Point Shot made (Deng)

CHI 72-47

Teague

3rd/ 1:21

Teague pass to Taj

Jump Shot missed: foul (Taj)

CHI 72-50

Teague

3rd/ 0:45

Teague drive to the basket

Layup Shot made(Teague): Goaltending (DET)

CHI 74-50

Hinrich

3rd/ 0:38

Hinrich pass to Deng

Fade Away Shot made (Deng)

CHI 76-53

Hinrich

4th/ 11:22

Hinrich pass to Snell

3-Point Shot missed (Snell)

CHI 76-53

Hinrich

4th/ 11:16

Hinrich pass to Nazr

Jump Bank Shot made (Nazr)

CHI 78-53

Teague

4th/ 10:38

Teague Jump Shot attempt

Jump Shot missed (Teague)

CHI 78-55

Teague/ Hinrich

4th/ 10:16

Teague pass to Hinrich

3-Point Shot missed (Hinrich)

CHI 78-55

Teague

4th/ 9:49

Teague drive to the basket

Running Jump Shot made + Foul

CHI 80-55

Teague

4th/ 9:49

Teague Free-Throw attempt

Missed Free-Throw (Teague)

CHI 80-55

Teague

4th/ 9:16

Teague pass to Nazr

Jump Shot missed (Nazr)

CHI 80-58

Teague

4th/ 8:46

Teague pass to Nazr

Turnaround Jump Shot missed (Nazr)

CHI 80-59

Teague

4th/ 8:13

Teague 3-Point attempt

3-Point Shot made (Teague)

CHI 83-59

Hinrich

4th/ 7:35

Hinrich drive to the basket

TO: traveling (Hinrich)

CHI 83-61

Teague

4th/ 7:04

Teague Jump Shot attempt

Jump Shot made (Teague)

CHI 85-64

Teague/ Hinrich

4th/ 5:24

Teague pass to Hinrich

Jump Shot missed (Hinrich)

CHI 85-65

Teague

4th/ 5:04

Teague drive to the basket

Def. Foul (DET): 2/2 Free Throws (Teague)

CHI 87-65

Teague

4th/ 4:13

Teague TO: Bad pass

Dunk Shot (DET)

CHI 89-67

Teague

4th/ 3:41

Teague pass to Murphy

Jump Shot missed (Murphy). Off. Reb. (Taj) – Slam Dunk Shot (Taj)

CHI 91-77

Hinrich

4th/ 3:06

Hinrich Jump Shot attempt

Jump Shot missed (Hinrich)

CHI 91-69

Teague

4th/ 2:29

Teague nice pass to a rolling-to-the-basket(-after-screening-Hinrich) Murphy

Foul on Murphy (DET): 1/2 Free Throws (Murphy)

CHI 92-69

Teague

4th/ 1:13

Jump Shot attempt

Jump Shot missed (Teague)

CHI 94-75

Keep in mind that Marquis Teague played almost 26 minutes, shooting 4-10 from the field (1-3 on 3-PT) for 11 points, one assist and three turnovers. Kirk Hinrich played 25 minutes and scored five points while dishing out five assists. He had three rebounds and two turnovers, and went 2-6 from the field (1-3 on 3-PT). From what we saw against the Pistons, it’s safe to say that one player overshadows the other and vice-versa. They both tried to do the same thing, run the offense. The Bulls did run some set plays for Hinrich, but the Bulls offense lacked of any kind of dynamic with the two point guard playing at the same time.

I have to say I don’t like the idea of playing Teague and Hinrich together. Some people may think that the Bulls won’t play them a lot together. Of course, this is based on the notion that Rose, Butler and Luol Deng will play a great deal of minutes at point guard, shooting guard and small forward, respectively. They will and Dunleavy can play both wing positions. So with him you can take out some minutes of the equation too. But what happens when Rose, Butler and Deng can’t play? As unlikely as it seems it could happen and sadly I wouldn’t bet on an injury free campaign. Tony Snell? Despite having a good enough game against the Pistons, Thibs’ is still the coach. We still need to see if he will play Snell meaningful minutes.

If the Bulls find themselves in that situation they probably will go with Teague and Hinrich in the backcourt with Dunleavy at small forward. Based on this last game, it’s not the ideal backcourt you want to play. Teague is still learning how to run the point. He had a brutal start against Detroit and was only able to settle down in the fourth quarter, where he showed some promising things. The game was already decided by then and the Pistons were already thinking about their flight back to Detroit, though. Nevertheless it still is a good sign.

On the other hand what about Kirk Hinrich? There have been indications that Hinrich will play also at shooting guard this season. At 32-years old, Kirk has been a point guard all his career. It’s in his DNA as a player to run the point. He can play at the two-guard, as he isn’t a bad shooter, but hardly a great threat (career 3pt% of .379). The important here is to understand that his strengths works better for the team when he plays at point guard. And even as I find Hinrich’s defense a plus on both opposing guard positions, I have to question the move. Kirk Hinrich is known for his ability to run the offense. He has the skills to control the tempo of the game and to find his teammates on the right spots. All qualities a point guard needs. If we look back, last season the team played much more in control when Hinrich was running the offense. No disrespect towards Nate Robinson, but the team as a whole played better when Kirk Hinrich was on the court.

Playing Kirk Hinrich at shooting guard is throwing away his best qualities as a player. After all the Bulls want to be contenders, right? So it’s in their best interest to play the best player available behind Rose. Not Teague, who at this point still is a project, rather than a reliable backup. Plus, the backcourt of Teague-Hinrich isn’t the best bet. They are two different players, but one doesn’t complement the other. Despite bringing different types of game they often show the same result.

This is why I always thought the Bulls still miss one player other than the famous backup center. In my opinion the team still needs a reliable option to backup Jimmy Butler. Sure, the actual roster can play and compete with anybody in the league. But I have my doubts about a full season without a true shooting guard. Despite all indications saying Butler will be fine in his new role. Stuff happens throughout an 82-game regular season plus playoffs. But the Bulls may want to remain flexible if any player becomes available later on the season, as I can’t think of any player who would be an actual upgrade for the right price. Well, in the end it’s not an issue that will lead to ten more wins. Though, I would think the Bulls would want to be ready for anything.

This was my first fan post here on SBNation. Don’t go too hard on me, eheh… I still would like to know what you think about this. So what’s your take on this issue? Do you think the Bulls are playing the backup shooting guard situation the right way or not? Is it wise for Kirk Hinrich to get away from what he does best, that being running the offense? Please leave your opinion about this subject on the comment section bellow.

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