Gerald Green Signing Helps Offset Lack of First-Round Pick for Dallas Mavericks

John GrayCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2008

Lacking a first round pick in lack week's NBA Draft due to the Jason Kidd trade, the Mavs signed the young and exceptionally athletic 6'8" Gerald Green who is a shooting guard/ small forward.

This could be a great move that pays dividends for years to come. Green is only three years out of high school (and only 22 years old) and has the exciting ability of a Slam Dunk Champ, reminiscent of Dominique "the human highlight" Wilkins. But he also has a very accurate three-point shot (37 percent for his career). 

He was originally so highly-rated that it was believed he was going to be the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft, but he slipped to the Celtics at No. 18. In his rookie season in 2005-06, Green rarely played till the end of the year. Green shined in 2006-07. Due to an injury to Paul Pierce, he stared in 26 games, scoring over 20 points in 15 of them with a high of 33 points.

There have been some questions about Green's work ethic. Hopefully Green is ready to bare down with the Mavs, under their veteran leadership, and realize his vast potential.

Even if the Mavs only use Green during clean-up time it is worth it for fans to stay during the closing minutes just to catch one of his highlight dunks. I highly encourage readers to watch his many dunks on-line from games and the last two dunk contests.

Gerald Green is a great low-risk acquisition for the Mavs with vast potential beyond that of many of those in last week's draft, and is very exciting to watch.