Josh Green’s arrival in Dallas brought mixed feelings. But in limited minutes, his play didn’t get a chance to do the talking.
The Dallas Mavericks selected Green with the 18th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He was labeled as “a ready-to-go 3-and-D guy,” yet, as the season progressed, his playing time did not increase.
That doesn’t mean he didn’t have good moments when he had the opportunity to play. However, he never earned the full trust of former head coach Rick Carlisle, and the limited minutes became the product of that circumstance.
During the 2020 NBA season, Green logged just 445 minutes. Only three other first-round selections played fewer minutes. What made things worse for Green was the selection of Saddiq Bey at pick No. 19.
Bey went on to average 12.2 points per game for the Pistons during his rookie season. And in two games against Dallas, he scored 20 and 18 points, respectively. In those same games, Green registered a DNP and scored four points.
That is not exactly what Dallas wanted to see out of its first-round selection. Still, there were moments where Green gave fans a glimpse of what he could be in a Dallas uniform, but it will take more minutes on the NBA hardwood for him to get there.
The 2020 NBA season wasn’t all bad for Green. He was a high-energy player, who always gave 100 percent effort during the stretches he’d be in the game.
His defensive versatility always had the potential to swing momentum. And a game, for Green, that typified that during the truncated season came on a May 4 meeting with the Miami Heat. He recorded four points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and tallied three steals. In terms of effort, he was the microwave. And it was a point in the season that many Mavs fans hoped he’d turn the corner.
Green spent six games in the NBA G League. And his play, while there, didn’t necessarily inspire confidence from spectators about his potential production on the team.
In the G League, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He shot 45 percent from the field and 17 percent from three. In sending Green to the G League, the Mavs hoped the experience would build confidence, but the results did not carry over to the big leagues.
It was a learning experience for Green, but it only highlighted how far he has to go until he is ready to be an everyday NBA player.
Billed as a “ready-to-go 3-and-D player,” Green’s 16 percent from behind the arc left a lot to be desired.
His struggles from the 3-point line don’t solely fall on his shoulders. When you’re not playing, it becomes extremely difficult to find a rhythm. However, his inability to hit open shots is also what forced him to the end of the bench.
Green’s primary concern needs to be finding 3-point consistency. A consistent 3-point jump shot, coupled with his willingness to play defense, will make Green a player Dallas has to utilize in the 2021 NBA season.
Green’s rookie season is difficult to draw a verdict on. He had his moments of great production. He also struggled to find his way on the court. The good news is that Green is far from a finished product. And with great measurables, the only thing standing in the way is himself.
Heading into year two, Green needs more time on the court and a consistent 3-point jump shot. Once those two things fall into place, there is no reason not to believe that he can be a quality 3-and-D player in this league.
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