Dallas Mavericks: Will Dorian Finney-Smith take another step forward this season?
The Mavs love under the radar players that are hard-working and do not need the spotlight. Their bench is full of them. Any championship contender has their glue guys and role players. Fans tend to remember the stars, but forget the systems that orbit them.
Finney-Smith fits the bill. He is essential to the makeup of this team and can take a serious leap this season. The Dallas Mavericks are the kings of building up underrated exceptional role players, and DFS is undeniably one of them.
Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith will keep improving
Finney-Smith averaged 9.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game last season. His effective field goal percentage of 57.5 percent was a career-high. Finney-Smith increased his counting stats every season, sans steals, since he entered the league in 2016.
Doe-Doe is the glue guy of this roster. Whether he’s coming off the bench or starting, his defensive capabilities and tenacity make him invaluable beyond any stat sheet. He can guard anyone on the floor and does superb work as a 3-and-D player.
Just look at this mini-highlight reel of Finney-Smith showing off his prowess at defending the 3-point line.
Doe-Doe has noticeable agility and lateral quickness. Even when losing his footing, his ability to recover to contest a shot or step in to stop a drive is remarkable.
He plays his role to a tee and gives 110 percent every night. This level of hard-nosed defense is hard to find, but DFS has even more to offer.