The Dallas Mavericks selected Arizona wing Josh Green with the 18th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft.
Unlike most drafts for the Mavericks, it seems like they’re always on the move, typically trading back for more picks. But tonight, they stood pat as the guy they coveted all along fell into their laps.
“We’re real pleased to have the opportunity to draft Josh Green,” Carlisle said. “Terrific two-way player. Terrific athlete. We had a terrific interview with him about two weeks ago.”
Carlisle continued, “What we needed first for our roster were wing defenders who can shoot, score and hopefully make plays. We feel he’s a ready-made 3-and-D guy.”
And the excitement definitely wasn’t one-sided – Green was ‘super pumped’ to land in Dallas.
“I was all for it. I was super pumped, and I loved the Mavericks, Green said. “It’s something I continued to stress to my agent — what are the Mavericks thinking, what about this. So I’m stoked right now.”
Green continued, “But my meeting with them, I felt like it was amazing. They’re really down-to-earth, good people. I just felt like I got along with them very well, and you could tell they take their player development very serious as well as the organization.”
— Josh Green (@josh_green6) November 19, 2020
In his lone season at Arizona, Green averaged 12 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.5 steals in 30 games as a freshman. Green is known for his ability as a great perimeter defender and as an overall competitor. His ability to guard multiple positions with his size and athleticism made him an intriguing asset.
Rick Carlisle referred to Green as a “3-and-D” guy. Green shoots the ball well from three, making 36% of his attempts last season. Green seems to know what kind of player he is and what role he fills and he’s ready to earn every minute.
“For me, I need to focus on the things the team needs. I feel like in my position in the role which the team will want me to play, I don’t think I need to do anything outside of that, Green said. “I think if I’m able to play defense, continue to work as hard as I can, hit open shots and do what the team needs to do, I feel like that happens.
“So for me coming to the Mavericks, I want to make sure I’m able to do whatever the team needs to be better and to win a game.”
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