3 and D: How Josh Green is filling a key role in Dallas, alongside Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving
The 2023 NBA trade deadline has fast-tracked Josh Green's ascension to the Dallas Mavericks' starting five.
When the Dallas Mavericks selected Josh Green with the 18th overall draft pick in 2020, they got a raw teenager with an impressive physical profile and uncertain trajectory. He went from just 39 NBA appearances in his rookie year to 67 the following season, and is now making the proverbial leap in year three. Green’s playing time has steadily increased month by month, from 15.5 minutes per game in October, to 21.3 in November, 23.4 in December, 29.7 in January and 35.0 in February.
The Aussie has played his way into coach Jason Kidd’s good books, with efficient three-point shooting and sound defence. For the season, Green is currently making 41% of his three-point attempts on 2.8 attempts per game. This is a far cry from even his college days, where the Sydney native only made 36% of his treys, with a shorter three-point line.
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