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Dallas Mavericks: Ceilings and floors for the rookies

Dallas Mavericks Josh Green Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Josh Green Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks wing Josh Green has a ceiling of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope earned his stripes early on with his athleticism and defense. Playing on a bad Detroit Pistons squad, KCP eventually became one of their primary options on offense, attacking off line drives and hitting open threes.

In his peak in Detroit, Caldwell-Pope averaged nearly 14 points per game, hit 35 percent of his threes taking a little under 6 attempts per game, and was a trusted defender on guards and smaller forwards.

With those elite role-player numbers, KCP earned a $17 million per year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Josh Green probably won’t have a Jimmy Butler/Kawhi Leonard-level progression that will make him a late-pick turned superstar, but nabbing a KCP-level role player with the 18th pick would be a massive win for the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks rookie Josh Green has the floor of Ronnie Brewer

Ronnie Brewer is a forgotten member of the Derrick Rose-era Chicago Bulls. Freakishly athletic, Brewer earned his minutes by playing hard-nosed defense and creating offense in transition and as a cutter.

Even though he never shot better than 31 percent from deep, Brewer made an eight-year NBA career playing 23 minutes a night off his activity alone.

Even if Josh Green never develops into a reliable shooter, by bettering his feel on both ends of the court, he can still prove a valuable asset to any NBA squad.

While most teams wouldn’t draft Ronnie Brewer with their 18th overall pick, he made enough of an impact to stick around in the NBA. After all, he made over $24 million signing five different NBA contracts. While there may have been better value with the first round selection, Josh Green certainly wasn’t a bad choice.

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