Gerald Green Draft Capsule
VITALS: 6-8, 200, Gulf Shore Academy (Houston)
OVERVIEW: Green scored a game-high 24 points and made six 3-pointers in the McDonald’s All-American Game and also won the slam dunk contest. A two-time All-State selection, Green averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as a senior after leading his school to a 39-2 record as a junior. He also was selected MVP of the Reebok ABCD All-Star Camp in the summer of 2004.
LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Green could be chosen as high as third, but the fact that Portland has stated they will listen to all suitors for the third pick makes his situation unpredictable. He might still go third if Portland trades the pick, but most teams trying to get to No. 3 want to move up to take a point guard. If the Paul-Williams-Felton trio somehow moves ahead of him, then he would be there for Utah (sixth), Toronto or New York. There is no way he will still be on the board past the eighth pick.
COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Kedrick Brown
ROLE PROJECTION: Athletic wing player, eventual starter at small forward.
POSITIVES: Green has easy college 3-point range. He also is an explosive athlete who can blow by defenders on his way to the basket. Unlike many teenage phenoms coming in to the NBA, he doesn’t have to get all of his points by driving to the basket. Because of his prowess from the perimeter, he can more easily gain playing time early in his career while he continues to develop his overall game.
SHORTCOMINGS: Green has played only two seasons of high school basketball. He hasn’t had a lot of time to make the mental adjustment from big man in high school to first-round NBA draft pick and the expectations that entails. Green is so athletic that everything he tried at the high school level worked. His mental toughness and fortitude will be tested when he tries the same moves against the best players in the world.