10 Most surprising Dallas Mavericks stats of the early season

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4. Josh Green's low points per game

On October 23, two days before the season began, Dallas extended Josh Green on a three-year, $41 million pact. Fans and the media praised the decision as it seemed a breakout was on the horizon.

The athletic wing has improved every year in the association. Nearly doubling his scoring average every season, ending the 2022-23 season with an average of 9.1 points per game, on incredible efficiency.

Green shot 53.7 percent from the floor and 40.2 percent from 3-point range. Aside from the phenomenal shooting, Green used his athleticism and relentless energy to become a difference-maker on the defensive end.

Locking in Green to an extension seemed like the right choice and it still might be. However, to begin the 2023-24 season, Green is majorly underwhelming.

The Aussie swingman's stats are down across every category. But perhaps most importantly, his points per game have taken a hit. Through the first three weeks of the season, Green is averaging only 7.2 points per game.

He's only taking 6.0 shots per game, and making 2.6 of those attempts. A year ago, Green took 6.4 shots and made 3.4 of his attempts. Green has never been the most confident offensive player, but one would expect with such great shooting percentages and a new contract, that Green would look to score more often.

Out of 204 qualifiers for usage rate, Green ranks 184th. Right next to starting big man, Dereck Lively II, who isn't tasked with handling the ball whatsoever. It's not a great sight to see a guard who plays 25 minutes per game with such a low usage percentage

After three seasons of vast improvement, year four was supposed to begin differently. But so far, it's looking like Green may have hit his offensive ceiling.