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Hawks’ Trae Young calls new teammate Jeff Teague one of the most ‘underrated’ point guards in the NBA

Hawks, Trae Young, Jeff Teague

Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young has nothing but high praise for his new teammate, Jeff Teague, calling him “one of the most underrated point guards in the league.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the Hawks had acquired Teague in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Atlanta sent Allen Crabbe to the Wolves as part of the deal. The Hawks will receive Teague and Treveon Graham in return.

The Hawks have struggled to find any sort of rhythm this season, as their 9-32 overall record can attest. The lack of a backup point guard behind Young was a major weakness on the roster. The Hawks have an offensive rating of 108.2 with Young on the floor and 90.7 with him off it, per NBA.com. Now the team will have a veteran man for the job in Teague.

In his 34 games played this season, Teague has racked up averages of 13.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting from the field (37.9 percent from beyond the arc), 6.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per outing. The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon dealt with injuries last year, which led to ankle surgery last April.

Teague’s numbers declined a bit last season. He dealt with the turmoil surrounding Tom Thibodeau’s midseason ouster in Minnesota, and now he’ll look to make a mark back in Atlanta.

Teague, who’s on an expiring contract, is no stranger to the Hawks organization, as he spent the first seven seasons of his career with the team. He’s a proven point guard who should provide a lift to Atlanta’s backcourt rotation.