Jul 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Erick Green dribbles the ball across center court during an NBA Summer League game against the Chicago Bulls at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

In Depth Look At New Denver Nugget Guard Erick Green

The Denver Nuggets have added another guard as first reported on Nugglove.com by Len Nunes. Now the franchise will have two former Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year winners on their 2014-2015 roster after agreeing to a contract with 2013 second round NBA Draft selectee Erick Green. Green, who was a co-recipient of the award in 2013, joins guard Ty Lawson (‘09) as an award winner.

Amongst other collegiate awards, Green also led the country in scoring in 2013 for Virginia Tech University. At Tech Green’s minutes, points per game (ppg), and field goal percentage all increased in each of his four seasons. His overall scoring increased by at least 100 points every season including a 318-point increase in his NCAA ppg leading season. After being drafted Green opted to play overseas in Italy for Montepaschi Siena. He appeared in 60 games spread amongst the Italian League, Eurocup and EURO play according to Nate Timmons via DraftExpress.com. Green played solid; averaging 11 ppg, shooting 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc. During an interview with Timmons earlier this summer, Green talked about his season of professional basketball in Europe,

“It was a great experience and it helped me a lot. I even see it coming off screens here, making passes, I think it helped me a lot. It was a great trip and it helped me to continue to develop my game.”

For the second consecutive summer, Green appeared on the Denver NBA Las Vegas Summer League roster. Here is an analysis of Green’s play with the “Summer Nuggs” from Kevin Keller of Hoopshabit.com:

“Green’s 16.6 points a game made him the Nuggets’ second highest scorer, and he managed to put 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists a game on top of the scoring.  He shot 50 percent from the floor. He also only turned the ball over 1.8 times a game, which is solid ball management skills considering he was passing to a bunch of guys he’s never played with before.”

Also according to Timmons:

This year for me [the difference was] was being more calm, poised, acting like I’ve been here before, being more patient, and trying not to be all hectic and sped up,” said Green. “

Green’s efforts in his second Summer League season were apparently enough for Denver to offer him its 15th and final roster spot. As reported first by Eurohoops.com Nikos Varlas, Green agreed to a deal with Denver this week. Green is welcomed with open arms to Denver and its guard heavy roster. Ty Lawson is guaranteed somewhere within a stone’s throw of 35 minutes per night for Coach Brian Shaw. However, with the loss of point guard Aaron Brooks to the Chicago Bulls per free agency and the up in the air status of Nate Robinson’s return from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, Green offers another able body for Shaw who is desperate for as many healthy bodies as possible after the injury debacle of last season.

As the contract details of Green’s deal with Denver emerge, stay tuned to Nugglove.com

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