Dallas Mavericks: Will Josh Green make the Australian Olympic Team?
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks drafted Josh Green with the 18th overall pick in 2020. They loved his potential to blossom into a 3-and-D wing. Green was one of the best perimeter defenders in the class and a player with tremendous upside.
Green got some unexpected opportunity as the Mavs have struggled with COVID issues this season. He showed flashes of his potential. The 20-year-old brings energy and defense to the court. He has made some smart plays on the offensive end as well.
On Feb. 2, Green was one of 24 players named to the Australian National Basketball team’s Olympic roster. They can only take 12 to Tokyo, though. Will the Mavs rookie make the cut?
Will Dallas Mavericks rookie Josh Green make the Australian Olympic Team?
The Aussies have Ben Simmons, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedove, and Joe Ingles written in pen on their team sheet. The only way any of those players misses out is by injury or opting out.
Expect Ryan Broekhoff, Dante Exum, Chris Goulding, Brock Motum, and Matisse Thybulle to make the squad. That leaves two open spots to be taken during the national team’s training camp. There will be a numbers game as the Australian’s want to take their best and most versatile roster to the Olympics in Tokyo. They plan on upsetting Team USA and taking home the gold medal. That will be no easy task.
Josh Green will be looking for his first selection to the Senior National Team. Expect him to get serious consideration for one of the final two spots. Green is part of the team’s future. The experience of an Olympic Games could be massive in Australia remaining a powerhouse in FIBA basketball.
The Smoking Cuban will be following Josh Green’s run with Australia and all the Dallas Mavericks that qualify for the Olympic Games this year. Stay tuned for plenty more.