Author's Note: The Grizzlies hold the 41st, 55th, and 60th picks in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. In the coming days leading up to the draft on Thursday, June 27, I will be writing player profiles for domestic players only. All the profiles will be on players the Grizzlies have a realistic shot of drafting. Hope you enjoy.
22 Years Old, 6'3", 178 lbs., PG/SG, Virginia Tech
Best Song for a Future Highlight Reel: "Green Light" - John Legend*
What He Brings to the Table: Scoring, Handles, Skill Moves, Playmaker
What He Lacks: Excellent Defense, Strength, Finishing at the Rim
Best-Case Comparison: George Hill
Worst-Case Comparison: Devin Harris
Obligatory Highlight Reel:
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for Basketball Reasons): To preface this post, if Green is available at Pick 41, the Grizzlies first of three, and they pass on him I will be devastated. I want Green more than any prospect that is slotted in the Grizzlies draft range. Green could do so many things for the Grizzlies offense. After viewing his stats and his game film, it was easy to see that the kid could score. He led the NCAA in PPG this season with 25.0. While his release on his jumper is unusually high, he has a sweet stroke and a quick release. He can knock down threes, score gorgeous floaters, and utilize his lightning quickness to make him unstoppable in transition all with incredible frequency. Out of every player that is slotted potentially in the second round, I think Green has the most talent. That might not mean much to you, but I watch *a lot* of college games/film to study for the draft. Analysts seem to be worried about his strength and how that will hurt his ability to defend and create for himself on offense more than anything. I'm not as worried about that because he has enough moves in his arsenal to catch defenders off-guard, and he can really fill it up numerous ways. Also, Green claims strength is something he has been working on a lot, and with the help of an NBA strength & conditioning program, Green could be up to a solid 195-205 in no time if he is dedicated enough. Green's talent is undeniable, and Stu Lash has been harping on taking the most talented players available. If he falls to the Grizzlies at 41, I don't see him slipping any further. The Grizzlies already passed on a cold-blooded scorer in a recent draft when they let Steph Curry slip, so look for them to be reluctant to let that kind of situation happen again.
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for non-Basketball Reasons): Green Lantern-related game giveaways? Yes, please.
Lol lil mans made this for me pic.twitter.com/pxZS6IMXQG— Erick Green (@egreen11vt) April 28, 2013
* - I feel like this song choice is self-explanatory. For a start, it's a play on words for Green's name. Secondly, Green definitely has the green light as he is a scoring machine.