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NBA All-Star 2016: Utah Jazz call-up Erick Green named to NBA DLeague All-Star Team

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Hey, the Jazz have at least ONE All-Star this year . . . just in the wrong game.

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Hey, remember that dude who is shooting 100% from the field this year for the Utah Jazz? You know, the guy who is on day four of a 10-Day contract? The feller the Utah Jazz traded to Denver on Draft night for Rudy Gobert? Yeah, you know the guy I'm talking about -- Erick Green. Well, Green was just named to the NBA DLeague All-Star team!

From the Jazz press release:

SALT LAKE CITY (January 29, 2015) - The NBA announced today that Utah Jazz guard Erick Green has been selected to the 2016 NBA Development League All-Star Game, as a member of the NBA D-League All-Western Conference team. The game, which is to be played Saturday, Feb. 13 in Toronto during NBA All-Star 2016, will begin at noon MT at Ricoh Coliseum and will air live on NBA TV.

Green (6-3, 178, Virginia Tech) was called-up by the Jazz on Jan. 26. He appeared in 23 games (22 starts) for the Reno Bighorns this season, averaging 26.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 39.0 minutes of action. He scored in double figures in 22 games, including 20-plus points on 19 occasions. He scored 30-or-more points in nine contests and a career-high 40 points in two games. He has appeared in one game for Utah, recording four points and one assist in four minutes in his Jazz debut vs. Charlotte on Jan. 27.

The 2016 NBA D-League All-Stars were selected by a vote of the league's 19 head coaches. Players were eligible to be selected if they competed in at least half of their team's games through Jan. 24. They must be on an active NBA D-League roster at the time of the All-Star Game in order to compete. The league will replace any ineligible players prior to the game.

- Billy Lea, UtahJazz.com, 2016

Green's performance is somewhat out of this world, but the All-Star nod is well deserved. Chronologically:

  • NCAA (Virginia Tech) he averaged 13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg over four seasons, and 129 games
  • Italy (Sana 1871 Siena) he averaged 11.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg in one season, and 64 games
  • NBA (Denver) he averaged 3.2 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.3 spg in two seasons, a total of 46 games
  • NBA DL (Fort Wayne and Reno) he averages 26.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.5 apg in two seasons, a total of 25 games

This is not like the Morris Almond thing where he was a 20+ ppg scorer at every step of the way, Green only scored a lot in his senior season at Va Tech, 25.0 ppg. And just so you're following at home, he's scoring more in the NBA DL than he did in college. This is very new. Also, this isn't really point-guard-y enough for me. But hey, this is the new NBA. We're never going to see a John Stockton or Steve Nash again.

Speaking of Almond, he was one of the other Utah Jazz guys in the DLeague All-Star game. After him and before Green there were four other guys. Can you name them? Also, of note, Green isn't going to rep the Jazz as an All-Star unless they pick him up for a second 10-Day contract. His will run out on February 4th, while the game isn't going to be played until February 12th or 13th.

Thems the breaks.

Still though, very proud of our draft pick Green, and happy to see that his hard work has paid off. He has bounced around quite a bit in his short professional career, and I hope he can find a home soon. Maybe even here? Only Dennis Lindsey knows.

Congrats Erick! Be the All-Star you deserve to be!