Erick Green Traded to Denver Nuggets: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Nov 12, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Erick Green (11) handles the ball against Rhode Island Rams guard Xavier Munford (5) at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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With the No. 43 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected Erick Green from Virginia Tech and subsequently traded to the Denver Nuggets via the Utah Jazz.

Physical Tools

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Green's physical attributes:

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 size and electric athleticism for an NBA-level scoring 2-guard. He'll have to run the point at the next level, a position that doesn't play directly to his strengths.

However, Green is quick off the dribble and has that breakdown ability. Defenders struggle to prevent him from getting to his spot, which allows him to create scoring opportunities for himself or teammates.

Overall, Green needs to add more muscle, which should help him as a finisher at the rim and defensive ball-stopper.


Getting to Know Erick Green

At Virginia Tech, Green displayed a level of dedication that saw him improve in every major category each of his four years there. He'll bring that kind of work ethic to the NBA as he seeks to improve as a facilitator.



NBA Player Comparison

Even though he's a tweener who may struggle as a true floor general, Green can create offense with his speed, change of direction and diverse shooting repertoire. In that sense, he's much like Brian Roberts of the New Orleans Pelicans, who's effective on pick-and-rolls and can make shots from any spot on the floor.



Pro Predictions

Green's size and underwhelming passing prowess will force him into a reserve role as a pro. He will have trouble stopping stronger attackers, and his quarterbacking abilities aren't prolific enough to lead a team for long stretches.

On the bright side, he already has most of the skills necessary to succeed as a combo guard during his stints on the court. He can catch and shoot, create his own offense off the bounce, and get his teammates involved with his expanding point skills.

Despite having a relatively modest ceiling, Green's quickness and shot-making skills could make him one of the best backup guards in the league for years.