Dallas Mavericks: Can Josh Green be the 3-and-D wing the Mavs need?
By Andy Quach
Dallas Mavericks: Josh Green must showcase his underrated playmaking
One of the more undervalued aspects of Green’s game is his playmaking. In his lone college season, the 6’5 wing averaged 2.6 assists per game, which is more than point forwards Jimmy Butler, Josh Richardson, and Justise Winslow averaged in their NCAA careers.
While becoming an elite defender and spot-up shooter would be more than enough to earn Green a regular role, showcasing his versatility should only increase his opportunities. Aside from perimeter defense, the Mavericks need perimeter playmaking.
If Green can prove that he fills both needs, it will be hard for Coach Rick Carlisle to keep him on the bench. He has the handle and the vision, the 20-year-old needs to put those skills to use.
As Green earns more minutes and becomes increasingly comfortable on an NBA court, his versatility will add another wrinkle to the team’s exceptional offense. That element of his game sets him apart from the more one-dimensional offensive wings on the roster.
If Josh Green can become a Justise Winslow level defender and playmaker, he could be the perfect wing next to Luka Doncic. Having not only a great option to guard the opponent’s top perimeter player but also a reliable secondary playmaker would make life a lot easier on the Mavericks superstar.
Green’s defense may get him in the rotation, but his ability to create for others will keep him on the floor.