Dorian Finney-Smith helps Mavericks remain flexible as they build
By Tyler Watts
Dorian Finney-Smith took a significant leap forward in his fourth season. He was installed as a full-time starter for the first time. DFS rewarded coach Rick Carlisle’s trust by averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game. Finney-Smith also took on the responsibility of guarding the opposition’s best wing.
His shooting efficiency spiked too. Finney-Smith shot 46.8 percent from the field and 37.4 percent on his 3-pointers. The outside shooting was massive. The Mavs always viewed him as a 3-and-D option, but the percentages were not there. Finney-Smith made them happen this season. It also allowed him to boost his effective field goal percentage to 57.7 which crushes his previous career-high of 50.7.
Going back to the advanced metrics, he rated 63rd in win shares, 79th in win shares per 48, and 110th in VORP this season. That is all while being tied for the 227th highest-paid player in the league.
Finney-Smith’s improved production means the Dallas Mavericks have him on a bargain contract. He makes $4 million a year for two more seasons as well. Finney-Smith turned 27 on May 4. He could continue to improve only making him more underpaid before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2022.
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