Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks win over Hornets: 4. Green is finding his footing
Josh Green was limited to mop-up duty to begin the season. The Mavs 2020 first-round pick was not part of the nightly rotation, so he had to rely on blowouts or foul trouble to get an opportunity. Dallas’ COVID issues have opened up space on the wings. Green earned a start against the Magic but managed to produce just three rebounds in 15.5 minutes of action.
The 20-year-old rookie is finding his footing in the NBA. He had five points, five rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes against the Hornets. Green was two of four from the field and attempted four free throws. The 6’5 wing showed flashes of why the Mavs selected him in the first round, including throwing this transition alley-oop to Willie Cauley-Stein.
Green would benefit from playing in the G League, but the Texas Legends are not taking part this season. That makes getting minutes on nights like this even more important.
Expect the rookie to continue improving as the season progresses. He has shown flashes of being a capable rotation player. Josh Green just needs more time to develop. Keep an eye on his progress when he is out on the court.
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