Just about a month ago Jeff Teague was still a restricted free agent not knowing where he would be playing next season. The Bucks wanted him; the Hawks didn’t want to lose him. He claimed to be fine with either situation playing for his former coach Larry Drew in Milwaukee or staying put in Atlanta — the only NBA city he ever called home. The latter of these two options ended up occurring with Atlanta matching Milwaukee’s qualifying offer to lock him up for the next four years. Now Teague is positioning himself for a loftier role.

In an interview with Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD Teague said he’s ready for a larger role with the Hawks in the 2013-14 season.

Teague made a name for himself last season as one of the better point guards in the NBA and really made improvements to his game from 2011-12. He bumped up his scoring from 12.6 ppg to 14.6 ppg his assists up from 4.9 to 7.2 per game and his foul shooting from 75.7% to 88.1%. His 45.1 field-goal percentage ranked among the top-10 point guards in the league. These numbers from a fourth year play are very appealing but it seems Teague might be called on to do even more in the upcoming season.