76ers Draft Profiles: Josh Green
Although shooting is a must for the 76ers currently there are also other needs that can be fixed. A big hole that needs to be addressed is the Sixers wings coming off the bench. Glenn Robinson III could return on an MLE, but it is currently unknown if he will take that. Outside of Matisse Thybulle, the 76ers wings are running thin.
Luckily the Sixers have enough draft capital to draft both needs. If Philly wants to look at a wing first their eyes need to be on Josh Green out of Arizona. Green can be a seamless fit on Philadelphia’s bench and provide a lot of immediate help for the Sixers.
During his freshman year at Arizona, Green led the team in steals while being a solid contributor across all aspects of the court. Josh Green led the Wildcats alongside fellow freshman Nico Manion to a 21-11 record before the year was cut short. Only being there for a season, Green showed a lot of tools that can help any NBA team looking for a wing.
Standing out the most from Green’s game is how effective he is on both sides of the court. On offense, he showed to be a decent three-level scorer having a 42.5 FG% and shooting 36% from deep. While it isn’t exactly incredible he checks a lot of boxes off at a proficient level.
Green can help any team who needs a three-and-D player who can get a few stops on defense and only occasionally be needed on offense. Green was dominant at helping turn the ball over while on defense. Totaling 46 steals, Green is able to be someone who can guard on ball and stick to his man. His athleticism combined with his all-around skill makes him a hidden gem this late into the draft.
Green’s pros can also be seen as a negative. While he is okay at a lot of things Green isn’t dominant in any singular area. With a team like Philadelphia in dire need of three-point shooting, Josh Green might not be the perfect selection at 21.
With Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle also ahead of him in the wing depth chart his playing time might also not be much. The 2020 Draft is supposed to help the 76ers find an immediate contributor, not someone to stash away and not use often.
With everything taken into account, Green definitely has a spot in Philadelphia. Although mentioned their current situation requires other needs, the 76ers have two early second round picks to look at players like Tyrell Terry and Grant Riller.
Imagine a defensive duo of Josh Green and Matisse Thybulle on the wing with their shooting ability. Green has a fantastic floor and with his athleticism, he can grow to be a fantastic player if developed properly.
Mandatory Credit: Mike Christy Arizona Athletics