2 Mavericks that earned untouchable status, 4 that should be cut loose

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Dallas Mavericks player that earned untouchable status: 1. Josh Green

Green rarely played during his rookie season, which was made worse by the pandemic. The draft process and practice time were limited, so it felt like a lost season for many rookies. The 6’5 wing showed flashes in year two, but he struggled to nail down a consistent impactful role. Green went to work last offseason, and the improvements were on full display.

The 22-year-old averaged 9.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 25.7 minutes per game as he shot 53.7 percent from the field and 40.2 percent on his 3-point tries. Green’s numbers may not leap off the screen, but he impacts the game with his energy, effort, and unique skill set. He can handle the ball in a pinch and is more than just a catch-and-shoot option.

The consistency was not always there for Green. There were games where he disappeared and struggled to stay on the floor, but the positive flashes outweighed the negative. The 6’5 wing needs to continue working on his jumper and defense because the Mavericks need a 3-and-D wing. Josh Green could fill that role, but it will take another summer of improvement.

Fans know the 22-year-old is going to put in the work and continue improving. He is the Dallas Mavericks' third-most important player behind Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Green could sign an extension this offseason, and it will be interesting to see if the Mavs can lock him down before his value increases any further.