Dallas Mavericks: Resetting the depth chart heading into the offseason
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks depth chart heading into offseason: Small forward
Starter: Dorian Finney-Smith
Finney-Smith became a full-time starter for the first time in the 2019-2020 season, and he responded by improving his shooting efficiency. The 27-year-old shot 37.6 percent from 3-point range to increase his career mark to 33.0 percent. Doe-Doe needs to prove those gains were legitimate in the 2021 season.
Backup: Justin Jackson
Jackson was dropped from the rotation in the playoffs and is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He will need to have an outstanding training camp to earn a spot in the nightly rotation. Jackson needs to improve his shooting and defense to stay on the court. The 25-year-old is a player to watch next season.
The Mavericks must make an addition here. They could fill the minutes by playing Doncic, Curry, and Hardaway Jr. on the floor together, but Dallas needs a defensive-minded option to throw in there. Their roster is screaming for a 3-and-D wing. Expect it to the team’s top priority this offseason.
Dorian Finney-Smith will play an important role regardless of the additions. The 27-year-old proved he can play stout defense on any player while making open looks, and the Mavs need that next to Luka Doncic. Adding another key piece only improves the team’s depth and gives coach Carlisle options.
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