Denver Nuggets 2013 Player Profile: Erick Green
There is no doubt that Denver Nuggets guard Erick Green can ball. Since Denver has a stacked roster with a plethora of backcourt options, Erick will be honing his great basketball skills in Italy this season. Even though Montepaschi Siena of the Euroleague signed Green to a one-year deal to play for the seven-time defending Italian League Champions, the Nuggets still retain his NBA rights as he gets to ball overseas.
After all, Green was the consensus ACC Player of the Year and the nation’s leading scorer as a senior at Virginia Tech, averaging 25.0 points per game last season. He was drafted No. 46 overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2013 draft before having his draft rights sent to Denver, along with cash considerations, in exchange for the draft rights to the No. 27 overall pick, Rudy Gobert.
As a member of the Nuggets on the summer league roster, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound baller averaged 9.3 points per game, 2.20 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game. His efficiency rating was a decent plus-6.50 while on the floor.
When Green returns to the Mile High City after his stint in Italy, look for him to be bigger, stronger and quicker. As an assassin in the ACC, EG had no problem going toe-to-toe with some of the best players as well as teams in the entire country.
A bigger, stronger and quicker Green should create means for concern from NBA defenders during the 2014 NBA season. In college, he was the best scorer in America, and next year he will be a lethally dangerous weapon either in a starting role or coming off the bench for the Nuggets.
Look for Green to have no trouble becoming an immediate impact player for Denver in the 2014 NBA season. With a bigger and stronger frame along with increased quickness, EG may very well turn into a formidable basket attacker and volume scorer with a green light (no pun intended) to let it fly when he deems fit.