From Blacksburg to Italy to Denver: Erick Green joining Nuggets

From Blacksburg to Italy to Denver: Erick Green joining Nuggets
July 25, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Erick Green is coming home, or at least stateside.

The former Virginia Tech star and 2013 ACC Player of the Year will sign a contract with the Denver Nuggets after spending the past season playing In Italy.

Selected by the Nuggets in the second round of the 2013 draft after leading Division 1 in scoring, Green quickly learned there was no room in Denver's crowded backcourt. While Oklahoma City 2014 first rounder Josh Huestis is breaking ground on a new stash plan this year, Green took the more traditional path - and larger paycheck - by heading overseas.

He displayed his overall ability for the Nuggets' summer league team this month, averaging 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. That performance helped lead to Denver's decision.  The Nuggets were looking for an additional backup point guard to starter Ty Lawson.

Green spoke with the Denver Post:

"I kept hearing 'He's only a scorer, he wasn't a point guard,' " said Green of his experience a year ago. "In my head I was saying I'm going to go out here and show everybody I can facilitate, I'm not just a scorer. Honestly, that hurt me more than anything. Instead of just being myself. If you don't like me for who I am, and I'm a scoring point guard, then maybe I don't belong. But there's a lot of scoring point guards (in the NBA). I think I can be one as well."

Eurohoops first reported Green's signing.

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