Ranking Dallas Mavericks impact if they miss NBA Orlando: 5. Dorian Finney-Smith
Finney-Smith is the most underrated contributor for the Mavs. His stats do not jump off the page. DFS averages just 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. There are plenty of reasons why he starts and plays nearly 30 minutes per game.
Finney-Smith is the Mavericks top defender. He takes on the task of guarding the opposition’s best scorer every game. The Mavs lack a replacement there. Without Finney-Smith, they would have to rely on winning a lot of high scoring shootouts in Orlando.
The 27-year-old took his game to another level this season. He connected on 37.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. That jump made Finney-Smith the 3-and-D option that every NBA team covets.
The team would also have to fill a hole in their closing lineup with Doe-Doe out. No other player offers his combination of shooting and defense.
The Mavericks would be in a bit of a roster pickle if he misses time. They play small with DFS starting at the four and Kristaps Porzingis at the five. That would not be an option anymore. Coach Carlisle would have to play extremely small using a two at the power forward or shift to a more traditional lineup featuring two big men. Hopefully, Dorian Finney-Smith stays healthy during the NBA’s restart in Orlando.
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