2013 NBA Draft: Los Angeles Clippers Keeping Eye On Erick Green

By John Raffel
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Many NBA draft polls don’t put Erick Green much higher than 24th, but he’s still a player to watch. But the Los Angeles Clippers are picking 25th and may take a closer look at the 6-3 point guard from Virginia Tech, who has excellent stats, but whose NBA credentials remain in question.

It’s extremely hard to project who will go where after the first 10 picks in next Thursday’s draft. The Clippers are looking over many names trying to figure out who will be available by the time they make their selection. Because he plays for Virginia Tech, Green isn’t taking a lot of attention from another team. It’s going to take a solid effort on his part to gain the reputation he hopes to pick up by draft time.

Green has pro basketball potential, but a team will have to be patient with him. With Virginia Tech in his senior season, Green averaged 36.5 minutes, 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals a game. His shooting is impressive, shooting 47.5 percent from the floor.

Granted, he wasn’t shooting against the NBA, whose defenses will be much tougher. But usually, college players with good shooting skills can eventually adjust to the NBA.

NBA experts like the fact that Green has an excellent first step and shoots the three very well. He’s an excellent transitional player which is something the Clippers could use in another guard. If they’re to make another step at being NBA contenders, the Clippers will need a guard who can just about do everything.

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