Canberra Gunners players Matt Staff and Garlon Green at the Kaleen courts.

Canberra Gunners players Matt Staff and Garlon Green at the Kaleen courts. Photo: Melissa Adams

Slam dunking runs in the Green family - Phoenix Suns star Gerald Green won the 2007 NBA slam dunk competition and if you check out younger brother Garlon's highlights reel for Texas Christian University on YouTube you'll see a similarly impressive bag of dunks.

Garlon Green is one of two US imports the Canberra Gunners have signed for the upcoming South East Australian Basketball League season, along with his childhood friend Matt Staff.

The pair played junior basketball together and share the same agent.

They are hoping to bring an exciting and winning brand to Australia to help lift their new club out of the SEABL cellar.

Green comes from a sporting family. As well as his NBA brother, his dad Gerald played professional baseball, one sister played college basketball, while the other is a sports broadcaster.

The 23-year-old would love for his SEABL stint to lead to the NBL, where his mate Jesse Sanders plays for the Sydney Kings, but Europe, the NBA Development League or the NBA are also on the bucket list.

Green doesn't think there's any extra pressure that comes with being an NBA star's brother.

The siblings train together in the US and Green said they were similar players. They're both about 203 centimetres and can play either guard or small forward.

Green finished university in May and since then has trained with NBA Development League team Texas Legends and worked out with the Dallas Mavericks.

''We have the same body type, we're both athletic, we shoot, score, our prototype is scoring ability,'' Green said on Tuesday.

While Green went to TCU, Staff went to Texas State before the Houston natives reunited in Canberra. The pair hadn't seen each other since their younger days when they played on the same junior teams.

They both add height, with Staff even taller at 208 centimetres.

Staff said he hadn't heard about a possible Canberra Cannons revival before he'd arrived, but he said the chance to get signed by an NBL team made the Gunners' opportunity a lot better.

The forward, 22, was confident both he and Green could help turn things around for the Gunners.

''I'm a guy that will make open shots, I'll crash to the glass and play solid [defence] and do whatever needs to be done to win,'' Staff said. ''We're going to bring a spark hopefully and see if we can change the ways.''

The Gunners start their season against Geelong at the Belconnen Basketball Stadium on March 22.