Bulls want to keep D.J. Augustin in backup role
By Joe Cowley Staff Reporter December 31, 2013 9:53PM
Updated: February 3, 2014 4:03PM
As good as guard D.J. Augustin has been since the Bulls grabbed him off waivers more than two weeks ago, he will remain a backup to Kirk Hinrich.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau made that very clear Tuesday. The difference between Hinrich and Augustin comes down to what Hinrich brings defensively and his history with the other starters.
‘‘His size, defense, his ability to run the team,’’ Thibodeau said, listing what he feels are Hinrich’s intangibles. ‘‘I think guys get in rhythm with him.’’
Augustin started three games while Hinrich was dealing with back issues, and while he played well — averaging 13.7 points and 8.0 assists per game — the Bulls went 1-2.
Thibodeau likes how the two function together on the floor at the same time, but Hinrich will stay with the starters while Augustin provides scoring spark off the bench.
‘‘I think Kirk has done a good job,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He runs the team well. I like where D.J. is. And I like playing them together. I think that versatility is a big advantage for us.’’
It’s a big advantage for Hinrich to have Augustin around, just from the standpoint of the minutes load.
‘‘It’s been huge,’’ Hinrich said. ‘‘Having another guy that can handle. [Augustin’s] a knockdown shooter, making good decisions, and he’s been huge for us.’’
The other point guard
While second-year guard Marquis Teague is on a temporary assignment with the Iowa Energy of the Development League, he’s still very much in the plans at some point this season.
In two games — both wins — with the Energy, Teague was averaging 13.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.