Somehow, someway, Josh Green will always find a way to make people believe.
For every drought, missed 3-pointer, untimely turnover, and defensive miscue, he has a game like the one he had against the Brooklyn Nets. And against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday and Washington Wizards on Thursday, he’s looking to continue his recent trend of confidence in his abilities.
“One word is confidence. You see his confidence is high,” said coach Jason Kidd after the Mavs’ 96-94 win over the Nets on Monday night where Green posted a season-high 16 points on 5-5 shooting.
“His teammates believe in him. The coaching staff believes in him. He played a lot of minutes tonight. He deserves those minutes. It’s a positive to give Reggie [Bullock] or Doe [Finney-Smith] a 10-minute break. We’ve asked Reggie and Doe to do a lot, but it just shows that – you’ve got to give him a compliment that he worked extremely hard to put himself in this position.”
🚨JOSH GREEN RENASCENCE🚨
The 21yo is on fire—92 TS%—by far the highest in the NBA. Earth shattering dunks. 99th percentile ppp as a spot-up shooter, slaughtering teams in transition, and playing w/ confidence. Every lineup is net positive with him in it. Time for more minutes? pic.twitter.com/xLVgulD2kA
— NBA University (@NBA_University) November 8, 2022
Dallas’ limited youth movement is leading the charge in finding lineup versatility moving forward. And it’s for good reason.
How Green has faired thus far
On the year, Green is averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, but he’s shooting 76 percent from the field, including a league-leading 66.7 percent from 3-point range.
And if it’s not long bombs from deep, Green is meshing his athleticism with new-found patience and jump shot within the offense, as of late.
He claims, it’s just how he’s always played the game.
“There are 82 games in a season so there are going to be times where I’m shooting well, there’s going to be time where sometimes you’re going to miss, but for me, it’s just keeping the same mindset. If I’m open, shoot it,” Green said.
“We have a team full of shooters. We have a great coaching staff who knows how to help me. I worked a lot on that in the offseason so for me, it’s just like – I shot too many times in the offseason and I put myself into too many situations now where I shouldn’t be passing up open 3’s. I feel comfortable shooting them, and it’s not so much counting the makes. Obviously, yeah, you want to make them every time but it’s more of making sure that I’m taking the right shots.”
Taking the right shots is one thing. Having the confidence to keep it up is another. Green, though volatile, is looking to finally have his production stick. And if it does, it couldn’t come at a better time for Dallas.
Next step for Josh Green is to let it fly more aggressively within the flow of the Mavericks’ offense:
1⃣ Defender sags off, and Green turns down the initial shot. The ball finds comes back before the shot.
2⃣ Has to be shot ready on the catch. Passes into a contested shot. pic.twitter.com/Dq5BqCycmV
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) November 9, 2022
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