The 2020 first-round pick has never played in the summer league. It was canceled by the pandemic before his rookie campaign. Last summer, Green was fresh off playing in the Olympics and winning the bronze medal with Australia when the Mavericks went to Vegas.
It was a surprise to not see him on this year’s roster because the 21-year-old needs the reps. He barely played as a rookie and only saw action in six contests in the G League bubble. Last season, Green was basically a rookie again, and he was virtually played off the floor in the playoffs because of his limited offensive game. Summer league would be the perfect opportunity to get work in.
Josh Green should be on the Dallas Mavericks Las Vegas Summer League roster
There will be better and more experienced players than Green playing in Vegas. Several other 2020 first-round selections will take part, and the Mavericks missed an opportunity for Green to gain some confidence in his offensive game in a low-pressure setting against lesser competition.
Mavs summer league head coach Greg St. Jean talked about why Green is not playing in Vegas.
It is positive to hear that the 21-year-old is working on his game, but nothing can replicate live game action. Green had a chance to play five games where he could have worked on his jumper and playmaking chops in front of a massive crowd in Vegas. The Mavericks need him to produce more on the offensive end to stay on the floor in the postseason, and any reps are positive for him at this point.
If Green is going to be in Las Vegas working out, the Mavs should add him to their summer league roster. The 6’5 wing plays stout defense, and he would be able to expand his offensive game. Green got in on some playmaking last season, and it is an area he could improve significantly playing.
Josh Green will not be part of the Dallas Mavericks Las Vegas Summer League roster, but he should be. There is no better place to try things and improve than the summer league. Green will never experience it as he already had three cracks and never took part.
Will fans see a better Josh Green next season? The Mavs are hoping he can become a steady 3-and-D wing, but his jump shot needs significant improvement. Can he make those gains? Stay tuned to find out.