The Dallas Mavericks signed an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida back in 2016 named Dorian Finney-Smith. Most predicted the rookie would not make it out of training camp. Now, Doe-Doe is in his second season as a full-time starter for the Mavericks.
Still, Finney-Smith is one of the most underrated players in the league. The casual NBA fan has likely never heard of the Mavericks forward. Those who have may know him as a defense-first player that can go unnoticed on the court. They may not realize that the 27-year-old is shooting an above-league average 3-point percentage for the second year in a row.
Dorian Finney-Smith is more than a 3-and-D wing for the Mavericks. He brings a ton to the team and is one of the most underrated players in the league. Let us take a closer look at why Doe-Doe does not get enough credit.
Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith is one of the most underrated players in the NBA
When healthy, the Mavs have proven to be a dangerous team. Finney-Smith missed nine games in the health and safety protocols this season. After a few contests to get his legs back, the Mavericks have gone 22-12. They have won just five of the 11 games Doe-Doe has missed this season.
Trade deadline acquisition J.J. Redick had this to say about Finney-Smith following practice on April 10.
"“Dorian I don’t think gets enough credit around the league for what he does. He’s incredibly valuable, super low maintenance, works hard, great teammate. For him, I am not surprised about his impact on the game because I knew that beforehand, but just what a great dude he is and what a great teammate he is. You need guys like that on every team.”"
Redick is not wrong. Here are three things that make Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith one of the most underrated players in the NBA.
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