The Washington Wizards are likely to have a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...
2020 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Josh Green
Age: 19 (turns 20 in November)
2019/20 stats: 30 G, 30.9 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.4 bpg, 42.4 FG% (4.1/9.6), 36.1 3PT% (1.0/2.8), 78.0 FT%
Player comparison: Kelly Oubre Jr.
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 24th, Sports Illustrated 24th, Ringer 19th, NBADraft.net 19th, Bleacher Report 20th
5 things to know:
*Green's lone season with Arizona was a little underwhelming given his status as a five-star recruit coming into the program. He became the third option on a team with at least one other, perhaps two, first-round prospects. Amongst the three, Green played within his role and wasn't too flashy as an off-ball guard.
*Understanding spacing and his role as a cutter is Green's best asset. He's always in position or getting in position to become an open shooter. Like Jahmi'us Ramsey, Aaron Nesmith and Patrick Williams in this class, he has superior athleticism which bodes well for him to sit higher among draft boards. Slashing to the rim is also another key facet of his game.
*For a low-volume shooter, he shot the rock really well. It does not take him long to get into a rhythm. Yet, as a two-guard he only had 2.6 3-point attempts per game which is really low for his position. He's comfortable taking threes but that needs to become a bigger part of his game. He has the feel of a potentially explosive bench player that could absolutely shoot the lights out when he hops on the court.
*Green is a part of the Australian National Team system. They are regarded as one of the top five teams in the world of recent years. In 2018, he made the 24-man roster for the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers but never made his international debut because of a torn labrum in his shoulder. Green had intentions to be a part of the 2020 Olympic team.
*Top tier scouts are quite familiar with Green. Playing with Australia and at IMG Academy he has quite the name recognition. Despite an unimpressive season with the Wildcats, his reputation could help him in the draft process.
Fit with Wizards: As with many mid-first-round prospects, Green could slide into a roster as a 3-point shooting wing with a strong defensive game. Both fill needs on both sides of the court for Washington.
Wizards fans will be quite familiar with Green's skill set as it matches former Washington Wizard Kelly Oubre Jr. He naturally gravitates away from the perimeter, though, and often finds himself open in the post, leading to several opportunities at the rim. Backdoor cuts and slashes are a huge element of his game.
As a player that knows his role within a system, that could fit into the culture that general manager Tommy Shepard is trying to build. Rui Hachimura is another example of a player that plays within his means and can compliment other stars on the court. The multiple layers of his game make him a more valuable offensive commodity overall than other prospects around his level.
Of course, Washington would need Green to take more threes than he did with Arizona. His role would be more one-dimensional. With John Wall, Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura, the Wizards have plenty of players that will occupy the paint and need space to get to the basket. The second unit could be where that element fits his game.
Green would go well in Washington - and checks off some boxes for the front office - but there are other players in the mid-to-late first round that are a better plug and play options.
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