2013 NBA Draft: Erick Green Would Be Excellent Pick For Portland Trail Blazers

By John Raffel
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

They have the No. 10 overall pick of the NBA draft but the Portland Trail Blazers also have three selections in the second round and are taking a long look at some very good ballplayers.

One player they should look at is a very talented point guard from Virginia Tech, 6-foot-3 Erick Green, a senior who played all four seasons and is expect to get selected somewhere in the second round.

Green had the ability to score a lot of points. But what the Blazers and other teams have to figure out is if he can score all these points on the NBA level. He averaged, as a senior, 36.4 minutes, 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals a game and shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent in threes and 81.6 percent in free throws. It would make one wonder why he won’t go first round. The key will be if he’s capable of creating his own shot at the next level when he’s facing NBA defenses.

The latest word is that because more notice is going Green’s way, he might sneak into the first round. If not, the Blazers should take a good look at him with their second pick. He can obviously shoot the ball very well even if he did play on a poor college team.

The problem with Green is even though he led the country in scoring, he played on a poor team and no one paid much attention. But they’re paying attention now and Green could be a solid pick for a lucky NBA team.


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