Denver Nuggets Prospects: Erick Green’s Shot Not Falling in Italy

By Cody Williams
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Erick Green didn’t have the greatest run in NBA Summer League history in 2013 with the Denver Nuggets. The former Virginia Tech guard actually put up mediocre numbers as he averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.7 minutes per game while shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in his six games at Summer League.

However, one of the things that Green was able to do well at Summer League was knock down shots from the perimeter. Green took 18 threes for the Nuggets, knocking down eight of them on his way to shooting 44.4 percent for the tournament. His outside shooting ability was something he showed as a Hokie, shooting over 37 percent in his junior and senior seasons from downtown. That was something that the Nuggets could build upon.

Green and Denver would both have to wait for that development to happen, though. The Nuggets were set to head into the preseason with a full roster and Green was the odd man out in their figuring for that situation. As a result, he signed with Montepaschi Siena in Italy late in July for this season.

Green’s production for Monepaschi has been quite similar to the numbers that he put up in Summer League. In 18 games in Italian league play, Green has averaged 9.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.2 minutes per game. However, the major difference is that he’s shot a solid 46.4 percent from the field while overseas. The troubling part, though, is that he’s hit just 29.3 of his three-point attempts over those 18 games.

Green’s far from a shooting specialist and has a great attack off-the-dribble, but his outside shooting seemed to be something that could make his debut for the Nuggets happen sooner rather than later. With him not really showing that ability this season, one has to wonder if he’ll be able to do it in the pro game.

Green was selected in the middle of the second round with the 46th overall pick in 2013, so the expectations for him aren’t incredibly high. However, he’s a player that has the physical tools to succeed at the pro level, particularly if he can develop a full, consistent offensive game. As he finishes the season with Montepaschi, it would serve him well to find his stroke from long-range.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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