Dallas Mavericks: Can Josh Green be the 3-and-D wing the Mavs need?
By Andy Quach
Dallas Mavericks wing Josh Green needs to bulk up to stay on the floor
Green’s biggest defensive draws were his length and quickness. The Mavericks have two quick-twitch wing defenders in Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith ahead of Green in the rotation already.
What Dallas needs is an option to defend the bully-ball forwards of the league, such as LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Currently, Green is listed at 6’5 and 200 pounds. While that is the prototypical size for an NBA small forward, the Mavs may need him to bulk up to fill their needs.
Green has the physical profile to add weight to his body to be able to stand up to back-downs from LeBron or the freight train drives of Giannis. With his wide shoulders and long arms, if Green can put on 15-20 pounds of muscle, he’ll be more of an asset to the Mavericks defense.
Putting on that kind of bulk in such a short time frame is no easy task, but Green has the work ethic to get it done. If he can become a more stout defender, a la Jimmy Butler or PJ Tucker, he could become one of the top options for the Mavs to throw at the physical wings in the league.