Denver Nuggets: Erick Green Has Proven He Deserves A Roster Spot

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Erick Green’s performances in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League has solidified that the Denver Nuggets need to feature him on their 2013-14 roster.

In five games, the rookie averaged 8.8 points on 7-of-15 shooting from downtown in 22 minutes.

The Nuggets knew that they were going to get a sharpshooter when they acquired Green from the Utah Jazz in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The biggest attribute that Green will bring to the Nuggets is ability to shoot from beyond the arc. Last season, the Nuggets finished tied for 25th worst in the league for three-point percentage.

In his league games, Green hit multiple jumpers on off-ball screens and pull-ups. He showed his offensive versatility by also driving to the basket and hitting tear-drop shots.

Green consistently showed his ball-handling abilities by only averaging .8 turnovers per game.  This statistic is very important because he will likely need to play at the point in the NBA, as he stands at 6-foot-4.

The team will undoubtedly improve their distance shooting this season with the acquisitions of Green and Randy Foye, who shot 41  percent from three while averaging 10.8 points for the Jazz in 2012-13.

With offensive attention drawn to Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee, Green will get plenty of open shots from downtown in the regular season.

A combination of Lawson and Green could prove deadly. Both players have tremendous quickness, and can create their own shots with ankle-breaking moves. The guards will create open shots for one another by driving to the basket, and then dishing it out to the three-point line.

The former Hokie had an incredible performance at Virginia Tech before getting sent to the Nuggets. In his senior year, Green earned the title of ACC Player of the Year and lead the NCAA in scoring by averaging 25 points per game.

Guards Andre Miller, Foye and Lawson will teach Green how to become elite at the point in the NBA. Their lessons will help Green surpass his goals for the 2013-14 season, and provide fast growth for the young player.

Expect Green to get nominations for 2014 Rookie of the Year at the end of next season.

Jordan Morey is a Denver Nuggets writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.