Hawks Point Guard Problem



     The Atlanta Hawks may be running into a slight issue at point guard soon. Both Jeff Teague and Dennis Schröder had great seasons with the Hawks and proved that they are worthy of a spot in the starting lineup.
     Jeff Teague made his first career All-Star game this season and was receiving MVP chants from the crowd for a majority of the season. Teague was in charge of one of the most dangerous and most efficient offenses this past season. Teague set career highs in steals and blocks while averaging 15.9 points per game and 7 assists per game. Teague also finished the season with a player efficiency rating (PER) of 20.6, which is considered above average.
     As for Schröder, he had a major breakout season and became one of the most important sixth men in the league. Schröder averaged 10 points per game, 4.1 assists per game, and 2.1 rebounds per game. That stat line is very acceptable for a player coming off the bench and averaging 19.7 minutes per game. Schröder also managed to end up with a 15.7 PER which is considered average for an NBA player.
     Now a couple questions the Hawks need to ask themselves are who will be the starting point guard and should they try to trade one of them while both of their trade values are high. In my opinion, the Hawks should keep both point guards and Jeff Teague should remain the starter. If that were to happen, I think the minutes should be evenly split. However, if one of them were to be traded, I would say Teague should the one to go. The reason for that is because Teague is much older than Schröder and Schröder could potentially be the new franchise centerpiece and possibly a NBA superstar. Personally, I would not be opposed to a trade if we were to receive a quality small forward and somehow acquire another point guard who could back Schröder up because we have seen that Shelvin Mack is a below average point guard and should have limited minutes during games. Whatever happens, Dennis Schröder must stay in Atlanta and both point guards need to get their fair share of playing time.

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