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Josh Green, the young shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks, is determined to elevate his defensive game in the upcoming NBA season.

“I want to be able to be a bigger defensive presence next year for the Mavs,” Green said, per Grant Afseth of Sports Illustrated. “I think this is a perfect time to try. I think I’ll be in pretty good shape from picking out full court every game.”

The 22-year-old player, who represented Australia at the FIBA World Cup this summer, sees a significant opportunity to contribute to the Mavs’ defense and views his time with the national team as valuable preparation for this challenge.

Last season marked Green’s third in the NBA, during which he averaged 9.1 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 25.7 minutes per game.