The Denver Nuggets completed a draft night trade that landed them 46th overall pick Erick Green, who had just finished a wildly successful senior season at Virginia Tech. The Nuggets were likely hoping he could develop into a solid backup for Ty Lawson in the future.
Last season with the Hokies he averaged 25 points, 3.8 assists, four rebounds and 1.3 steals in 36.4 minutes per game. He also shot a solid 47.5 percent from the floor and also converted on 38.9 percent of his three-point attempts. Green not only showed a fantastic ability as a scorer, but also showed solid leadership abilities as a point guard.
At the Las Vegas NBA Summer League Green played and produced lukewarm results. In six games he averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.5 steals in 21.7 minutes per game. However, he shot only 36.7 percent from the field, though he did hit on 44.4 percent of his shots from beyond-the-arc.
However, with the Nuggets recently signing free-agent guard Nate Robinson, Denver really has their guard rotation set already. Seemingly because of that, the Nuggets are shipping Green overseas as he agreed to a one-year deal with Montepaschi Siena in Italy, per the Washington Post.
Though Green showed a ton of skill in college and obviously has the potential to be a quality player in the NBA. However, he still needs to hone his talents to where they are more acclimated to the pro game, which playing in Europe will allow him to do. There’s no telling when Green will actually touch the floor in the NBA and if it will be for the Nuggets, but playing in Italy this season will likely help get him there.