2013 NBA Draft: Spurs To Draft Guard Erick Green In First Round?
May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Erick Green is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
With the NBA draft just one day away, there are many sites that have their own mock drafts out for all to read. Keeping in eye on whom these sites have the San Antonio Spurs taking, low and behold it is that of guards. Fansided.com partner Sports Illustrated has the Spurs selecting shooting guard Tony Snell out of New Mexico, while NBAdraft.net has them selecting guard Erick Green out of Virginia Tech.
The Green selection may be as set in stone due to a tweet sent out by the site:
Sources have indicated Spurs may have a promise with Erick Green at 28. #draftrumor
— NBADraft.net (@nbadraftnet) June 26, 2013
Strengths: Green exploded onto the scene in this his senior year becoming the leading scorer in all of college basketball while going from being a 2nd round prospect to a likely first round prospect … At 6’4, 185 pounds, Green has below average size for an NBA shooting guard but does have good length … What is so impressive about Green is that he improved his efficiency drastically in each year of his 4-year career … Coming off the bench his freshman year, he shot 29% from the floor, 27.5% from 3 point range, and 68% from the line. His senior year, he improved to 48% from the field on over 17 shots a game, 39% from 3-point range, and 82% from the free throw line. Was a highly efficient player on a high volume of attempts … … An extremely quick and crafty player that pushes the ball in transition attacking the rim, which is when he is at his best … A tremendous 1 on 1 player with a bevy of moves at his disposal … Is comfortable spotting up or shooting off the dribble with solid shooting form. Shows good movement without the ball and uses screens efficiently. Has improved as a passer in his 4 year career, averaging almost 4 his senior year on a solid assist to turnover ratio. Is especially good at finding the open man off of the pick and roll … VT Coach James Johnson is a huge fan of Green’s work ethic and notes his ability to makes smart decisions on the floor.
Weaknesses: A combo “tweener” as Green shows much better scoring ability than facilitating and lacks ideal size at the 2 … Only 180-185 pounds with little strength. Will definitely need to get stronger if he wants to keep bigger guards out of the lane and get himself into the paint on offense … Bigger defenders can body Green rather easily and knock him off balance when penetrating … Is a below average finisher with contact and will need to improve his floater to be effective at the next level … There are questions about whether Green will be able to guard any position in the NBA … Will need to keep up his improvement as a passer because he will likely be forced to play some point guard. Although very quick, Green does not possess great jumping ability so will have to learn how to score around bigger and more athletic defenders … Seemed to focus more of his energy on offense this year opposed to defense, leading to less effective numbers on a per minute basis … Green has shown the ability to be effective when having the green light at all times offensively, but how much being relegated to a secondary role will affect his efficency remains to be seen …
Notes: Led the entire nation in scoring, averaging 25.0 ppg for Virginia Tech as a Senior … Measured 6’2.5 (in shoes) 180 lbs, with a 6’6.5 wingspan at the 2012 Deron Williams Skills Academy.