Josh Green is entering a make-or-break year with the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite his lack of participation in the NBA Summer League, Green has utilized the offseason to work on his body and grow his game. What he’s worked on the most is self-explanatory — shooting.
“Shooting has been a big focus for me this offseason, trying not to do the ‘stanky leg’ no more on my right side,” Green told Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News. “That’s just been building up my core strength and just yeah. Building up core strength and changing my shot a little bit, and I’ve seen it be a little more consistent, but really I’m just going in ready to go. I wish training camp started tomorrow. I’m ready to play.”
How Josh Green has improved his game
After averaging 4.8 points per game on 50 percent field goal shooting last season, Green is eager to build on the momentum he built through his increased role under Jason Kidd.
Green’s best stretch of basketball came in January of the 2021-22 season. He averaged 6.7 points per game in 16.6 minutes and flashed playmaking brilliance for stretches during games.
He now wants people to know that was just the beginning. Alongside his jump shot, Green has worked on his body and diet, cutting weight in anticipation of a more impactful role on the team next season.
“I changed my body a little bit,” Green said. “I cut down my body fat about 3% in two months, so just need to keep doing that. Going to try for like 1.5% more, so I’ve cut a couple of pounds. And I feel more explosive and jumping a lot better, moving a lot better.”
Green also worked on his ball handling and core strength with the goal in mind of being a player that contributes to winning nightly. Green becoming a great player won’t happen overnight, but this offseason, he’s laid the groundwork for the necessary strides forward come training camp.
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“I’ve been playing a lot, making sure I’m getting up and down [the court] against a lot of overseas and NBA players,” Green said of his offseason plan. “Each day means a lot.”
Year three is when NBA players separate themselves from their peers. Green’s work ethic is already doing so.
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