Dallas Mavericks: 5 players with the most to prove at NBA Disney

Tyler Watts
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Dallas Mavericks, Dorian Finney-Smith
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Dallas Mavericks with most to prove at NBA Disney: 4. Dorian Finney-Smith

The Mavs envisioned Finney-Smith as a 3-and-D wing when they signed him in 2016. His 3-point percentage was a bit all over the map during his NCAA career. Finney-Smith needed to make strides on the defensive end too. He earned 20 minutes per game as an NBA rookie because of his defense. His playing time gradually increased each year, but the 3-point percentage sat at 30.3 percent entering this season.

Finney-Smith found his shooting stroke. He connected on 37.4 percent of his 265 3-point tries this season. That has made him an unquestioned starter and key piece for the Mavericks. Is that 3-point shooting the new normal? Finney-Smith is still only sitting at 32.7 percent for his career. The 27-year-old needs to prove he can continue shooting at a high clip during NBA Disney.

Finney-Smith is also the Mavericks’ best perimeter defender. He takes on the opposition’s top scorer nearly every game. Doe-Doe will have the chance to prove he can slow down a superstar in the postseason. Playing stellar defense when it matters most would be massive for Finney-Smith.

He certainly has a lot to prove in Orlando. Dorian Finney-Smith could be the underrated player that makes a name for himself during the restart. He needs to prove his shooting and defense translate to the postseason to accomplish that.

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