Josh Green was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. With the selection of Green over names like guard Tyrese Maxey and wing Desmond Bane, there has been plenty of skepticism surrounding his name.
Throughout Green's rookie year, he saw little to no playing time. He would also go on to shoot an abysmal 16% from behind the arc that season and only averaged a mere 2.8 points per game.
Heading into Green's sophomore season, he was expected to that second-year leap that we see from many players. He would see an increase in production and play but not that marginal leap we all expected.
3 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks should trade Josh Green
It wasn't until Jason Kidd became head coach of the Dallas Mavericks that we would see a drastic improvement in Josh Green's play on the court. His minutes per game would skyrocket from 15 in the previous season to a career-high 25 minutes. His role would also drastically change from a bench player with a minuscule role to a highly coveted two-way role player on the Mavericks.
Green would go on to average career-high numbers in many different departments and have a valuable role in closing out last year's season. However, there are still many questions remaining about Green.
Many forget that Green would be sidelined for almost two months due to an elbow injury. After coming back from injury, Green would have a huge dropoff in shooting and production.
This begs the question, how reliable is Green? Should he be traded, and what for? Throughout this article, I will give three reasons why the Mavericks should trade Josh Green.
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3. Josh Green is an integral piece of a bigger trade
Throughout last year's trade deadline and into this offseason, Josh Green's name was thrown around in trade rumors for bigger-named players to pair next to Luka Doncic. This of course happened before Kyrie Irving was traded to Dallas a week before the trade deadline.
For many fans, this was a sign that maybe Josh Green was eventually going to be traded for a bigger piece.
Green's contract would be considered a hot commodity for any NBA franchise looking for a young player to develop. His rookie deal however expires after this coming 2023-24 NBA season.
This could be a good selling point for a team that wants to take a chance on Green and give up a veteran in the process.
If the Mavericks want to express any interest in an upgrade at the forward or even center position, Green would likely need to be thrown into any package.
Green could potentially have a huge role heading into the 2023-24 NBA season, being that he could again be a starter, But one thing is clear.
Dallas is in dire need of a starting center, and if the Mavericks want to make an offer for the center of their future, they will likely need to include Josh Green in those deals.