Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith makes Lowe’s Luke Walton All-Stars

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith earned a spot on Zach Lowe’s Luke Walton All-Stars this season. Find out more here.

The Dallas Mavericks were a team of potential heading into this season. They set a goal of making the playoffs. The Mavs had the talent, but there were questions about it all coming together.

They answered them quickly. The Mavericks had plenty of surprising performances. Luka Doncic became a superstar in his second season. Tim Hardaway Jr. elevated his game to a new level. Seth Curry proved he is one of the NBA’s best shooters.

One of the most important Mavs is Dorian Finney-Smith. He is an elite defender that had previously struggled with his shot. That ended this season as DFS sank 37.4 percent from 3-point range. It was a transformation that made a starter and key piece for Dallas.

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Finney-Smith on Lowe’s Walton All-Stars

Every year, Zach Lowe puts together what he calls the “Luke Walton All-Stars”. It is a group of players that have struggled to stay in the NBA but find their role and thrive. It is a tribute to unsung talents making an impact. Fans can read this year’s article here.

Dorian Finney-Smith cracked the list. He is 100 percent deserving. Finney-Smith may be one of the most underrated players in the NBA because the stats are not eye-popping. He fills his role masterfully and never backs down from guarding the league’s elite.

In the article, Lowe tells the story of how Finney-Smith became a Maverick after going undrafted in 2016. The Heat and Pelicans both had an interest in his services. That alone makes the article a must-read for Mavs fans.

It would have been intriguing to watch how Dorian Finney-Smith would have performed in the playoffs. The defense ratchets up and star players are asked to shine. Could Finney-Smith shut down James Harden, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell, or whichever star the Mavs matched up against? That will be something to monitor if the postseason happens later this summer.

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