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5 Mavericks storylines to watch after the 2022 All-Star break

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Dallas Mavericks storyline to watch after the All-Star break: 3. Will Green crack playoff rotation?

Josh Green barely played in his first season and was instantly labeled as a bust by fans as rumored draft targets Desmond Bane and Saddiq Bey made the All-Rookie team. There were flashes of his potential, but Green’s role was never consistent enough for him to fully display his skill set.

The 6’5 wing was on the fringes of the rotation to begin his second NBA season, and he struggled to get consistent playing time until the Mavericks had a COVID outbreak. With multiple rotation options in the health and safety protocols, Green was thrust into the rotation on Dec. 27, and he has played in every game since.

Over that 27 game stretch, the 21-year-old has averaged 5.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 0.9 steals in 18.8 minutes per game. They are not eye-popping numbers, but Green is a connector on the court. He makes smart passes and keeps the ball moving. The 21-year-old can also defend on the perimeter and does little things that do not show up in the box score.

Will Josh Green be part of the Dallas Mavericks playoff rotation? Does his play improve or fall off down the stretch? The 2020 first-round pick is still trying to prove himself, and he is one of the players to watch over the final 23 regular-season games.