The Dallas Mavericks drafted Josh Green with the 18th overall pick in 2020. It was a bit of a surprise selection, but Green was projected as a first-rounder. The transition to the NBA has not been seamless for the 20-year-old.
Green has only played in 31 of the team’s 62 games thus far. He averages just 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. Green is shooting 44.8 percent from the field but has only hit three 3-pointers all season. The 20-year-old has failed to earn consistent playing time and sits at just 324 minutes played for the season.
Mavericks fans get frustrated when looking around the league. Saddiq Bey, Immanuel Quickley, Desmond Bane, Tyrese Maxey, and others selected behind Green are having outstanding seasons and look light years ahead of the Mavericks rookie. Will Green go down as a draft bust? What should fans expect going forward?
Will Dallas Mavericks rookie Josh Green go down as a draft bust?
It has been a strange season for all rookies. The draft took place on Nov. 18, and training camp began two weeks later. There was no summer league or time to adjust to the NBA.
Green has been hurt by the short G League season too. He did play six games inside the bubble with the Salt Lake City Stars because the Texas Legends did not take part. He averaged 13.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.3 steals in 29.7 minutes per game. Still, his lack of minutes, even when the Mavs are struggling with injuries has been disappointing.
Will Josh Green go down as a draft bust? Here is a closer look at what we’ve seen so far before determining what supporters should expect going forward from the Dallas Mavericks rookie.