Atlanta Hawks: 15 best NBA Draft picks of all-time

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Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks
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While he just completed his third season in a row with a different team, Jeff Teague was a model of consistency at point guard for much of the last decade. Atlanta drafted Teague out of Wake Forest with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He would emerge as a starter in year three in the league back in 2011-12.

Since assuming a starting role with the 2011-12 Hawks, Teague has averaged at least 12.6 points and 4.9 assists per game in the last seven seasons. While he might have tried to follow his former head coach Larry Drew to the Milwaukee Bucks, then incoming head coach Mike Budenholzer had big plans for the Indianapolis native at point guard.

Teague would grow under Budenholzer, becoming the team’s go-to scorer down the stretch. During the Hawks’ 60-win campaign in 2014-15, Teague would be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. That year, he averaged 15.9 points and 7.0 assists per game. He would play in Atlanta through the 2015-16 NBA season before being traded to his hometown Indiana Pacers in a three-team deal with the Hawks, Pacers and the Utah Jazz. Atlanta got the draft rights to Taurean Prince in this deal.

Teague has since signed a multi-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, helping the franchise reach the Western Conference Playoffs for the first time in 14 years in 2018. In seven years with the Hawks, Teague averaged 12.1 points, 5.2 assists and 1.2 assists in 26.1 minutes per contest.