5 Obvious, 5 subtle moves Jason Kidd must make to turn Mavs into legit contenders

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6. Obvious: Bring Josh Green off the bench

After playing great towards the end of January and for the first half of February, Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Green's play has come back to earth. Green had a stretch where he dropped double-digit points in eight of 10 games and was playing at an extremely high level.

Now Green has scored in single digits in nine of the last 10 games.

Green's inconsistency has always been an issue throughout his young career, and although he signed a big contract extension over the offseason, it doesn't appear that Green is ready to be the starting wing next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. There are stretches where it looked as if there was a chance, but now it's clear that he needs to be coming off the bench.

Green isn't good enough of a defender to make up for Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving's average defense just yet, and they are better fit starting someone else on the wing next to their two stars. Green's struggles while navigating screens hurt Dallas, and he has had a lack of energy recently as well.

Jason Kidd opted to start Derrick Jones Jr. over him on Thursday, and while Jones Jr. is a better defender than Green, he didn't do the best while starting either. Once Kidd ramps up his minutes more, Exum is someone who could start on the wing, but this could take a while.

Green remains someone who brings energy and deadly 3-point shooting, but he should not be the starting wing for Dallas.