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Mavericks: 3 players that must prove they belong in 2020-21

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Dallas Mavericks, Josh Green
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Dallas Mavericks player looking to prove they belong: 1. Josh Green

Green was the Mavs first-round pick in 2020, but he too could not secure a consistent role in his rookie campaign. The 20-year-old played just 445 NBA minutes and saw over 30 in a game just one time. He showed flashes in a limited sample, but it was never enough to earn more playing time.

Green helped Australia win an Olympic bronze medal this summer. He has immense potential on both ends of the floor and could blossom into a starter and key rotation piece, but how long are the Mavericks willing to wait? They want to build a title contender around Luka Doncic now, and Josh Green could be a key piece in a trade to acquire the role player that puts Dallas over the top. If the 20-year-old cannot prove he is ready to contribute now, the Mavs might look to move on.

Green’s offensive game is something to keep an eye on. The Mavericks drafted him for his 3-and-D potential, but the 20-year-old has shown a bit of ball-handling ability. What can he provide on that end of the floor? Knocking down shots and being a menace in transition would likely be enough to earn him minutes this season.

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