Fantasy Slant: Timberwolves Sign G Jeff Teague

By Vincent Frank on Monday, July 3rd 2017
Fantasy Slant: Timberwolves Sign G Jeff Teague

In addition to upgrading at the two-guard with Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves found a way to move on from Ricky Rubio and replace him with a much more well-rounded offensive talent in Jeff Teague. 

Minnesota signed the former All-Star to a three-year, $57 million deal over the weekend. He now teams up with Butler and Andrew Wiggins to form a tremendous trio out on the perimeter. 

Last season for the Indiana Pacers, Teague averaged 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. He also shot at a tremendous 36 percent clip from the field. The veteran was able to do this with only Paul George acting as a consistent scorer in Indiana. 

Now that he's on a talent-laden Timberwolves team, it would not be an absolute shock to see Teague's numbers improve leaps and bounds in 2017-18. He's going to see more open shots with Wiggins and Butler on the court. Teague shot at a 54 percent clip on uncontested attempts last season. With more of those opportunities, he's likely going to improve form the 44 percent he shot from the field in 2016-17. 

Also important to note, Minnesota boasts an elite-level offensive performer in the low post in the form of Karl-Anthony Towns. That should help him increase his assist numbers from last season as well. It's definitely going to be an interesting dynamic to watch play out, but we wouldn't be surprised if Teague maxed out as a top-12 fantasy point guard in 2017-18. 

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