At this juncture of the offseason it has become pretty apparent who the Nuggets will use for 13 of their 14 roster spots. That is, of course, assuming they come to terms with first round pick Jusuf Nurkic. While many reports out of the Denver camp seem to suggest they would be interested in adding a veteran, Erick Green seems to be positioning himself nicely if the veteran route doesn’t come to fruition.
While adding a veteran along the likes of a Mike Miller could greatly benefit depth and situational lineups, what Green could bring to table may be equally important. Green has more than performed well enough to be worthy of his spot on the court in his first two summer league games in Las Vegas. Green is averaging a cool 16.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists a game, per NBA.com. It has been clear that Green has the ability to contribute in a variety of areas. The most important contribution may be his ability to create and push tempo while remaining under control and limiting mistakes, an invaluable attribute for a guy who will likely only see minutes in injury or foul trouble situations.
Equally as important as what he brings to the team on the court is the fact that Green will come at a much lower cost than any veteran Denver may sign. Denver will need as much financial flexibility as possible if they hope to sign Kenneth Faried to an extension, as well as a number of key guys who will be free agents after the 2015-2016 season.
It remains a little unclear as to what Tim Connelly plans to do with that 14th roster spot, but Erick Green is certainly making his case and would be a great fit for Denver going forward.