The Utah Jazz made a great move in the first round to trade and acquire point guard Trey Burke. It was certainly the biggest need for the organization heading into the offseason. The Jazz then made another stellar move by selecting Erick Green in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Green will bolster the depth at the guard position, which is something Utah needs considering a majority of their guards could be leaving the team prior to the 2013-14 season. Another reason why the Jazz picking Green is good is because he believes he is a first-round talent. The fact that he was selected in the second rounds mean he will work harder than anyone to prove that all of the teams who passed him up were wrong not to draft him.
“I think about it all the time,” Green said this week, according to the Washington Post. “One of my goals before I left Virginia Tech, I wanted to be remembered, like I wanted to be a legend there. Going first round, I think I could add to my resume of hopefully one day hanging my jersey up.”
Green is a scoring threat who will do whatever it takes to get his team ahead in the count. His 25.0 points per game blew opponents away. The fact that he was scoring at that high of rate while also converting 47.5 percent of his 17.2 field goal attempts per game is simply amazing.
The fans in Utah may not realize it yet but they might have just put together one of the best guard tandems in the league. Obviously, it will be several years before anyone sees the full effect of Burke and Green playing together. With that being said, there is no question the wait could be worth it.