The Dallas Mavericks played the fewest preseason games in the NBA this year as they attempted to give Luka Doncic some rest after a long summer of basketball. They won two of their three games thus far as head coach Jason Kidd gave his young talent plenty of opportunities to shine.
Fans got a look at the team’s rotation in their preseason finale. Kidd treated it as a dress rehearsal with Spencer Dinwiddie joining Luka Doncic in the backcourt for the first time. Fans saw how Christian Wood fit into the rotation and what things will be like on opening night in Phoenix.
Who were the winners and losers from the Mavericks preseason? Here is a look at five players that stood out on either end of the spectrum.
Winner from Dallas Mavericks 2022 preseason: Josh Green
The 21-year-old former first-round pick has struggled to be a consistent part of the rotation in his first two NBA seasons, but Green spent the summer in Las Vegas working on his game and the grind paid off as he improved his shooting form and confidence. Green looks like a different player so far, and he earned a place in coach Kidd’s opening night rotation.
The 6’5 wing will come off the bench and bring his typical energy and defense. Can Green consistently knock down 3-pointers this season? If so, his role could grow as the year progresses.
Josh Green outplayed Frank Ntilikina and rookie Jaden Hardy during camp, and he should play 16 to 20 minutes per game to start the season, but his time could increase if he continues to break out.