2013 NBA Draft Breakdown and Scouting Report for Erick Green

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2013 NBA Draft Breakdown and Scouting Report for Erick Green
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With the 46th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Utah Jazz selected Erick Green from Virginia Tech and subsequently traded him to the Denver Nuggets for Rudy Gobert

Erick Green displayed the type of gradual improvement that you rarely see from a four-year college athlete.

He averaged 2.6 points as a freshman, 11.6 points as a sophomore and 15.6 points as a junior, setting up a senior year in which he led the country in scoring. Green put up 25 points per game in 2012-13, establishing himself as the most lethal scoring guard in college basketball.

 

Physical Tools

Green's physical tools will likely restrict him at the next level and potentially limit him to a part-time role. At 6'3'', 185 pounds, he lacks the ideal size and athleticism for a scoring 2-guard in the NBA. He'll have to run the point at the next level, a position that doesn't play directly to his strengths.

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However, Green is quick off the dribble and has the ability to break down opponents, allowing him to create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates.

Green would definitely benefit from some added muscle, giving him improved finishing abilities at the rim and making him a more imposing physical presence on the defensive side of the ball.

 

Offensive Machine

Green was an offensive machine this past year. He made 8.2 field goals per game, 1.9 of which came from behind the arc. The rest of his points came at the free-throw line, where he hit 6.8 per game.

He found a way to put points on the board regardless of how defenses were playing him.

Green scored at least 21 points in all but four games played this year, finishing the season shooting 47.5 percent from the field—a very respectable number considering he took 17.2 shots per game. He displayed an incredible combination of volume, consistency and efficiency on the offensive end. 

 

Generating Offense Off the Dribble

Considering how often he had the ball in his hands, most of Green's production came off the dribble. He's able to create his own shot at will, both at the rim and on the perimeter.

 

Separation

Green has an excellent handle that he uses to knock defenders off-balance and create separation.

He has a mean step-back jumper, with the ability to separate from his defender and get off an open look. The step-back is a big-time weapon at the pro level.

Check out Green put his defender on ice skates in isolation:

He also has the ability to get his defender to lean one way so he can shake him. Watch how he gets two defenders to bite before stepping back from mid-range:

 

Pulling up

Green is dangerous when given a ball screen on the perimeter. He's capable of stepping into space and pulling up off the dribble with NBA three-point range.

Green shot it over 37 percent from downtown in back-to-back-years as a junior and senior. He has a reliable jumper that's likely to carry him throughout his NBA career.

 

Scoring in the Lane

With his ability to rise and fire from anywhere, defenders have to play up and be ready to contest if Green steps back and fires. This makes them vulnerable, as Green has a quick first step that allows him to get into the lane.

Given his lack of explosiveness, Green has really improved his touch on the move, using runners and floaters in traffic.

Green's ability to get into the lane is what allows him to get to the line 8.3 times per game.

 

Transition

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Green is quick to get out in transition and finish on the break. He has excellent instincts when it comes to scoring on the move, with the ability to elude defenders and finish around them.

He's a strong option in the half-court, but he also would also fit an uptempo system that calls for pushing the ball up the floor.

 

Weaknesses

Green is a score-first player essentially forced into the point guard position based on his physical limitations.

He only averaged 3.8 assists per game this past season, though that number was more of a reflection of his role on the team. He'll have to get used to running pick-and-rolls and other half-court sets as a facilitator instead of being a No. 1 option on a nightly basis.

Defensively, he could struggle against some of the NBA's quicker point guards. He lacks the size and strength to defend 2s, so if he's getting burned at the point, Green's minutes will suffer in the pros.

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